Mrinalini ChakravortyIn Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

Columbia University Press, 2014

by Ian Cook on August 2, 2015

Mrinalini Chakravorty

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In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary (Columbia University Press, 2014) is a masterful account of the importance of the stereotype in English language South Asian literature. Mrinalini Chakravorty explores such tropes as the crowd in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children; slums in Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger; and death in Michael Ondaatje's book Anil's Ghost, amongst others. The focus on the stereotype's enticing explanatory power casts fresh light on some of the most important contemporary works of South Asian literature and the book is a pleasurable yet challenging read.

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