Cosmopolitanism at Home: Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines

  title={Cosmopolitanism at Home: Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines},
  author={Shameem Black},
  journal={The Journal of Commonwealth Literature},
  pages={45 - 65}
  • Shameem Black
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Art
  • The Journal of Commonwealth Literature
What does it mean to be at home in the world? This essay explores how modern cosmopolitanism might paradoxically emerge through an embrace of domesticity and kinship. I argue that cosmopolitanism should be less invested in a traditional idea of feeling “at home” in the world and more committed to recognizing “the world” through the home. As Amitav Ghosh's fiction illuminates the intimacy between the familial and the foreign, his work suggests that a robust cosmopolitan sensibility requires… 

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