Re-visiting the Homeland: Philosophical and Aesthetic Dimensions in Adib Khan’s <i>Spiral Road<i>


  • Chandani Lokuge, Monash University, Australia


This paper focuses on the fiction of the multi-award winning Bangladeshi- Australian novelist Adib Khan. From the plurality of cultures in which Khan’s fiction is embedded, the paper draws out its subcontinental philosophical and aesthetic dimensions. The paper hypothesises that in Khan’s fiction, the diasporic’s return to the “imaginary homeland†is triggered by the desire for self-knowledge and self-fulfilment. It extends to an analysis of the aesthetics of this return journey.The paper will be framed by the classical Indian theories of Rasa (Aesthetics).


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Author Biography

Chandani Lokuge, Monash University, Australia

Dr. Chandani Lokuge is the Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Writing, Coordinator of the Creative Writing programme and a Senior Lecture in English at Monash University, Australia. She is the author of 9 books, including two novels and a collection of short stories: If the Moon Smiled (Penguin Australia), Turtle Nest (Penguin India) and Moth and Other Stories (Aarhus). As the Editor of the Classic Reissue Series of Oxford University Press, she has published 6 scholarly editions of Indian women’s writing in English. She is also the Editor of the Postcolonial Section of the Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (Routledge) and of Empire On-Line (Adam Matthews), and guest co-editor of special issues of Meanjin, New Literatures Review and CRNLE Journal. Her short fiction and scholarly essays are widely anthologised




How to Cite

Lokuge, Monash University, Australia, C. (2008). Re-visiting the Homeland: Philosophical and Aesthetic Dimensions in Adib Khan’s &lt;i&gt;Spiral Road&lt;i&gt;. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 2(1), 47–57. Retrieved from