Chronotopes of “Places” and “Non-places”: Ecopoetics of Amitav Ghosh’s <i>The Hungry Tide<i/>

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  • Arnapurna Rath, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
  • Milind Malshe, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Abstract

The Hungry Tide (2004) is a unique combination of fiction and cultural-anthropological research. The tidal land or bhatir desh is the destination for two travellers in the novel, Piyali Roy and Kanai Dutt, with one aim: to research into the mysteries of the Sunderbans. While Piya intends to study Irrawaddy dolphins, Kanai through the journal of his uncle Nirmal researches into the shifting ghettos of a group of refugees. In this paper we attempt to explore the idea of “ecopoetics†through an analysis of The Hungry Tide with the concept of chronotopes and chronotopic motifs proposed by Mikhail Bakhtin in “Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novelâ€. We try to understand the novel in terms of the “folkloric†and “idyllic†chronotopes, and also examine “places†and “non-places†as related to each other, especially the chronotope of “non-places†as deeply related to the terrains of the mind.

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Author Biographies

Arnapurna Rath, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Arnapurna Rath obtained her PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in July 2010. She worked on Bakhtin’s concept of Chronotopes and the novels of Amitav Ghosh for her doctoral thesis. She is presently teaching a course on Indian writing in English at the LNM Institute of Information Technology Jaipur. Indian writing and Bakhtin studies are fields of her research interest.

Milind Malshe, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Professor Milind Malshe teaches in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. He has written books in English and Marathi on Aesthetic Theory and Linguistics. His research interests include Art and Aesthetics, Linguistics, Translation studies, Indian languages and literature, and Music and Performing Arts. In addition to specialising in literary studies, Professor Malshe has a diploma in Hindustani Classical Vocal music from the University of Bombay and is a trained classical vocalist.

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Published

2010-12-15

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Rath, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, A., & Malshe, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, M. (2010). Chronotopes of “Places” and “Non-places”: Ecopoetics of Amitav Ghosh’s &lt;i&gt;The Hungry Tide&lt;i/&gt;. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 4(2), 14–33. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/521

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