Amitav Ghosh's "In an Antique Land" Book Review by Top Papers

Amitav Ghosh's "In an Antique Land"
An analysis of the method and theme of memory in Amitav Ghosh's "In an Antique Land".
# 142067 | 3,000 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Anthropology (General) , Literature (General)

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This paper provides a complimentary view of Amitav Ghosh's "In an Antique Land" (1992) in relation to present trends in postcolonialism, subaltern studies and signficant, neglected methodological problems to which Ghosh gives direct attention. The paper discusses the travelogue format addressing the subject of his early 1980s thesis research but also the ethnographic criticism of life in an Egyptian village. The paper looks at the cultural insights, the discussion of imperialism, memory and shared awareness.

From the Paper:

"Amitav Ghosh (B. 1956) belongs to a particular generation of scholars to stress post colonialism's models in deciphering the past. The work discussed in this paper, however, is far more interesting than most work of the kind in its allegory to do with the preparation of a social anthropology doctoral dissertation by an Oxonian of considerable humanism. Ghosh is by no means limited to theory-driven approaches and manages to convey to the reader the isolation, trials, and fascinations of writing on..."

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