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In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

Mrinalini Chakravorty


This book confronts the importance of cultural stereotypes in shaping the ethics and reach of global literature. The text focuses on the seductive force and explanatory power of stereotypes in multiple South Asian contexts, whether depicting hunger, crowdedness, filth, slums, death, migrant flight, terror, or outsourcing. It argues that such commonplaces are crucial to defining cultural identity in contemporary literature and shows how the stereotype's ambivalent nature exposes the crises of liberal development in South Asia. The text considers the influential work of Salman Rushdie, Aravind A ... More

Keywords: cultural stereotypes, ethics, global literature, South Asia, Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Michael Ondaatje, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, Chetan Bhagat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165969
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mrinalini Chakravorty, author
University of Virginia