Chronotopes of â€œPlacesâ€ and â€œNon-placesâ€: Ecopoetics of Amitav Ghoshâ€™s <i>The Hungry Tide<i/>
AbstractThe 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 â€œecopoeticsâ€ through an analysis of The Hungry Tide with the concept of chronotopes and chronotopic motifs proposed by Mikhail Bakhtin in â€œForms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novelâ€. We try to understand the novel in terms of the â€œfolkloricâ€ and â€œidyllicâ€ chronotopes, and also examine â€œplacesâ€ and â€œnon-placesâ€ as related to each other, especially the chronotope of â€œnon-placesâ€ as deeply related to the terrains of the mind.
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