The Poetics and Politics of Cultural Studies in Aravind Adiga’s <i>The White Tiger<i/>


  • Lily Want, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India



Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger (2008) can easily be placed in the gamut of Cultural Studies since it shares most of the features of this school. For example, it can easily be analysed as a form of cultural resistance to homogenising capitalism, as the emphasis throughout is on the particularities of the proletariat suppressed under the dominant high culture. But what strikes one as odd is that this particular class has been undermined in the text to such an extent that the writer not only fails to redefine the social order but also ends up as a spokesperson of the conventional Eurocentric perspective of the East to the extent that it has led literary critics to debate how far he fits a Western cosmopolitan model of writing. This paper, therefore, attempts to unravel these diametrically opposed strands in the fabric of The White Tiger as Adiga while silencing certain voices ends up allowing the narcissism of the Western culture raise its garrulous head.


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Author Biography

Lily Want, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India

Dr. Lily Want is Professor of English at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India. Earlier she was on the faculty of American University of Sharjah, UAE. She has been associated with teaching and research in English literature for the past more than two decades. Professor Lily specialises in 18th and 19th Century Poetry and New Literatures in English. She has published a number of articles on Postcolonialism and Literary Theory. Her book on Shelley and Keats has been well received.




How to Cite

Want, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India, L. (2011). The Poetics and Politics of Cultural Studies in Aravind Adiga’s &lt;i&gt;The White Tiger&lt;i/&gt;. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 5(1), 69–77.