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In StereotypeSouth Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary$
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Mrinalini Chakravorty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165969

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165969.001.0001

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The Afterlife of Stereotypes

(p.221) Epilogue
In Stereotype

Mrinalini Chakravorty

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter presents three arguments from this book regarding the study of stereotypes in South Asia. Stereotypical portraits urge a critical evaluation of one's psychic, social, and political allegiances in a transnational world carved on the basis of differences mediated by colonial and neo-imperial sensibilities. First, stereotypes reveal the beleaguered nature of mimesis itself, caught between stilted realism and an anxious fantasy. Second, stereotypes especially in global novels, encourage people to recognize the genre of the global novel itself as forwarding a fiction about divided worlds. Third, stereotypes compel people to consider how their readings are swayed by commonplace signs that gesture to more, less, and other than what they seem.

Keywords:   South Asia stereotypes, stereotypical portraits, global novels, commonplace signs, neo-imperial sensibilities, colonial sensibilities

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