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Humanity and The Global Odyssey: Cosmopolitanism in Postcolonial Fiction

Author Name: Dr.Anjutha Ranganathan | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

Humanity and the Global Odyssey: Cosmopolitanism in Postcolonial Fiction explores the diverse ingredients of cosmopolitanism as the need of the hour in the globalised era. It is a qualitative study that includes sociological (socio-cultural and socio-political), philosophical (moral and existential), and diasporic perspectives. It addresses the key questions of inequality, justice, belonging, freedom, and democracy in the postcolonial world. The book is positioned in postcolonial literature as it paves the way to analyse the set of issues that shape our socio-cultural and political environment of the present day.

This book holds an introduction to the various literatures and the epistemology of the sister concepts associated with cosmopolitanism. It also contains an exclusive chapter on cosmopolitanism by first delving into human reasoning, cosmopolitanism —its origin, its practice in different societies, as a literary theory, its application in literature, postcolonial literature, fiction, and its positioning in other disciplines from various theorists, its types, implementation, cosmopolitan life, various personalities’ views, and its relevance in contemporary society.

 The three core chapters examine the selected postcolonial novels of Aravind Adiga, M.G. Vassanji, Chinua Achebe, Hanif Kureishi, and Arun Joshi, thrusting on the different types of moral, existential, political, diasporic, and cultural cosmopolitanism as the theoretical framework to bring to the fore various social issues, including casteism, familial determinism, politics, hegemony of power, cultural convergence, diasporic exclusions, and its brunt to engender a cosmopolitan future.

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Dr.Anjutha Ranganathan

Dr. Anjutha Ranganathan is a cosmopolitan, humanist, and writer-poet. She has a Doctorate in English Literature. She is working as an Assistant Professor of English. She is a logophile, and she has a penchant for writing. Her poetry got wide recognition after the publication of her debut poetry book, An Unquenchable Excess of Love (2020). She has also compiled an anthology, Dark is Illuminating: Quarantined Tales 2020. Humanity and the Global Odyssey: Cosmopolitanism in Postcolonial Fiction (2024) is her third book. It is based on her doctoral thesis, which she has extensively worked on for four years. She has extended her academic stimulus by presenting research papers at various national and international conferences, including the most recent one at IIT Roorkee. And has also published many research articles in academic journals and books. Her interviews and books have been featured in newspapers and magazines like The Times of India, The Literary Voice, De Mode, Scrambler (Ethiraj College), and various other websites. And she has also co-authored many books and won many pan-India writing contests as well. When she is not teaching, she loves doing research, writing poetry, and revelling in music.



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