Image by Frederick Noronha/CC Licensed

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan), Sri Lanka, Iran and India. After graduating from the University of Delhi, he went to Oxford to study Social Anthropology and received a Master of Philosophy and a PhD in 1982. In 1980, he went to Egypt to do field work in the fellaheen village of Lataifa. The work he did there resulted in the novel In an Antique Land (IAAL 1993). Ghosh has been a journalist and a novelist. He published his first novel, The Circle of Reason in 1986, and his second, The Shadow Lines, in 1988. Since then, he has published IAALThe Calcutta Chromosome, and The Glass PalaceThe Hungry Tide, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, Flood of Fire; done field work in Cambodia; lived in Delhi; and written for a number of publications. The Hungry Tide won the Crossword Book Prize and his novel, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honors, by the Indian president. He was also the joint winner of the Dan David Award in 2010 along with Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale. He currently lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University.

Selected Publications

A. Books by Ghosh:

  •  The Circle of Reason. New York: Viking, 1986. 423 pp.

Ghosh’s first novel opens with the arrival of a child “Alu” (“potato”–for the shape of his head) in a small village and is divided into three sections: “Satwa: Reason,” “Rajas: Passion,” and “Tamas: Death.”

  • The Shadow Lines. New York: Penguin, 1990. (First published in England by Bloomsbury Press, 1988) 246 pp.

His second novel focuses on the narrator’s family in Calcutta and Dhaka and their connection with an English family in London.

  • In an Antique Land. New York: Vintage, 1994. (First published in England by Granta Books, 1992) 393 pp.

The cover proclaims IAAL: a ”History in the guise of a traveller’s tale”. The multi-generic book moves back and forth between Ghosh’s experience living in small villages and towns in the Nile Delta and his reconstruction of a Jewish trader and his slave’s lives in the eleventh century from documents from the Cairo Geniza.

  • calcutta
    The Calcutta Chromosome, 1996.The Calcutta Chromosome (Picador, 1996)

    The Calcutta Chromosome.  New York: Picador, 1996.

This novel has been described as “a kind of mystery thriller” (India Today). It brings together three searches: the first is that of an Egyptian clerk, Antar, working alone in a New York apartment in the early years of the twenty-first century and tracing the adventures of L. Murugan, who disappeared in Calcutta in 1995; the second pertains to Murugan’s obsession with the missing links in the history of malaria research; the third search is that of Urmila Roy, a journalist in Calcutta in 1995 who is researching the works of Phulboni, a writer who produced a strange cycle of “Lakhan stories” that he wrote in the 1930s but suppressed thereafter.

  • The Glass Palace. New York: Random, 2000.

In a review in The New York Times, Pankaj Mishra describes Ghosh as one of few postcolonial writers “to have  expressed in his work a developing awareness of the aspirations, defeats and disappointments of colonized peoples as they figure out their place in the world.” The novel is set primarily in Burma and India and catalogs the evolving history of those regions before and during the fraught years of the second world war and India’s independence struggle (see Partition in India).

  • The Hungry Tide. New York: Harper Collins, 2005.
This novel tells the story of the convergence of Piyali Roy, of Indian parentage but stubbornly American, and Kanai Dutt, a sophisticated Delhi businessman, in the mysterious and closed Sundarbans, a remote archipelago of islands. It explores the notion of the uncharted landscape through both a geographic lens as it considers the Sundarbans and also a psychological one focusing on the uncharted nature of the human heart.
  • Sea of Poppies. London: MacMillion, 2008.
Ghosh tells the story of the Ibis and its crew as they travel around the Indian Ocean. The novel considers the politics of the opium trade in South Asia through it motley collection of travelers, crew members and trading posts. As characters collide they begin to see each other as jahaj-bhais or  ”ship-brothers,” forming an unlikely alliance that supplants more conventional bonds of family and nation.
  • River of Smoke. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
The follow up to Sea of Poppies, this novel incorporates characters from the previous novel while adding new ones to the mix.  Again interested in the opium trade, this novel explores notions of hybridity and draws parallels between 19th century trade routes and contemporary trade relationships between so called “first world” and “third world” countries (see Transnationalism and Globalism).
  • Flood of Fire. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.

The final volume in the Ibis trilogy concludes the stories of the various characters on the ship as they converge in China during the First Opium War.

B. Selected Articles by  Ghosh

  • “The Global Reservation: Notes Toward an Ethnography of International Peacekeeping.” Cultural Anthropology 9.3 (1994): 412-422.

This essay describes Ghosh’s encounters with UN workers in Cambodia and their broader implications towards what he calls “an anthropology of the future.”

  • “The Ghosts of Mrs. Gandhi.” The New Yorker 17 July 1995: 35-41.

An essay on writing and politics, this account focuses on “sectarian violence” in Delhi in 1984 after which Ghosh sat down to write The Shadow Lines.

  • “The Fundamentalist Challenge.” Wilson Quarterly 19 (Spring 1995):19-31.

Examines the contradiction between “religious extremism[‘s]” reliance on scripture and its attack on artistic production in the late twentieth century.

  • “Holiday in Cambodia,” “Petrofiction,” and “The Human Comedy in Cairo.” The New Republic 208 (28 June 1993): 21-25l; 206 (2 Mar. 1992): 29-34; 202 (7 May 1990): 32-36.

The first of these three articles is a shorter version of his “The Global Reservation” (above). The second looks at the novels of Abdelrahman Munif and their connection to oil trade, and the third looks at the life and work of Naghib Mahfouz the year after the Egyptian writer won the Nobel Prize for Literature.


  • The Great Derangment: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2016.

The Great Derangement postulates that future generations will view as as “deranged” for failing to do enough to stop climate change. Ghosh asks his readers to consider and confront the greatest issue of our time.

C. Further Articles to Consult

  • Aldama, Frederick Luis. 2002. An Interview with Amitav Ghosh. World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma 76 (76:2): 84-90.
  • Almond, Ian. 2004. Post-Colonial Melancholy: An Examination of Sadness in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesOrbis Litterarum: International Review of Literary Studies 59 (2):90-99.
  • Alter, Alexandra. 2009. How to Write a Great Novel. The Wall Street Journal (Digital Network), November 13.
  • Anand, Divya. 2008. Words on Water: Nature and Agency in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide.Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 34 (1):21-44.
  • Bagchi, Nivedita. 1993. The Process of Validation in Relation to Materiality and Historical Reconstruction in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesMFS: Modern Fiction Studies 39 (1):187-202.
  • Balee, S. 2006. The Hungry TideHudson Review 58 (4):689-699.
  • Banerjee, Suparno. 2010. The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Silence, Slippage and Subversion, in  Hoagland, Ericka; and Sarwal, Reema, eds. Science Fiction, Imperialism and the Third World: Essays on Postcolonial Literature and Film. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2010. p. 50-64.
  • Bannerjee, Dhrubajyoti. 2006. Violent Cartography/Cartography of Violence: A Study of The Shadow LinesJournal of the Department of English 33 (1-2):234-246.
  • Barat, Urbashi. 2004. Exile and Memory: Re-Membering Home after the Partition of Bengal. InCreativity in Exile. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Bassi, Shaul. 2005. In terre antiche. La ‘premodernità liquida’ di Amitav Ghosh. In An Academic and Friendly Masala: Miscellanea di omaggi per Alberta Fabiis Grube., edited by S. Mathé. Venice, Italy: Cafoscarina.
  • Batra, Kanika. 2001. Geographical and Generic Traversings in the Writings of Amitav Ghosh. InConvergences and Interferences: Newness in Intercultural Practices/Ecritures d’une nouvelle ère/aire.Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Belliappa, K. C. 1994. Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land: An Excursion into Time Past and Time Present. Literary Criterion 29 (4):15-24.
  • Bhatt, Indira Nittayandam, Indira. 2001. The Fiction of Amitav Ghosh. New Delhi: Creative Fictions.
  • Bhattacharya, Nandini. 2006. The Partitioned Tiger: Animal Icons and the Imagined Nation in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry TideJournal of the Department of English 33 (1-2):224-233.
  • Black, S. 2006. Cosmopolitanism at Home: Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Line’Journal of Commonwealth Literature 41 (3):45-65.
  • Boehmer, Elleke, and Anshuman A. Mondal. 2012. Networks and Traces. An Interview with Amitav Ghosh. Wasafiri 27 (2):30-35.
  • Bruschi, Isabella. 2006. The Calcutta Chromosome. An Attempt at Disrupting Western Cultural Egemony. In English Studies 2006, edited by R. A. Henderson. Torino: Università degli Studi di Torino.
  • Butt, Nadia. 2008. Inventing or Recalling the Contact Zones? Transcultural Spaces in Amitav Ghosh’sThe Shadow LinesPostcolonial Text, Vol 4, No 3 (2008) 4 (3):1-16.
  • Cabaret, Florence. 2010. Qui est le subalterne de l’histoire indienne? Ou comment le personnage participe d’une relecture historiographique dans The Glass Palace (2000) d’Amitav Ghosh. L’atelier 2 (1).
  • Chambers, Claire. 2003. Postcolonial Science Fiction: Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome.Journal of Commonwealth Literature 38 (1):57-72.
  • Chambers, Claire. 2005. ‘The Absolute Essentialness of Conversations’: A Discussion with Amitav Ghosh.Journal of Postcolonial Writing 41 (1):26-39.
  • Chambers, Claire. 2006. Anthropology as Cultural Translation: Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land.Postcolonial Text 2 (3):[19 pages].
  • Chambers, Claire. 2006. Representations of the oil encounter in Amitav Ghosh’s The ‘Circle of Reason’.Journal of Commonwealth Literature 41 (1):33-50.
  • Chandra, Vinita. 2003. Suppressed Memory and Forgetting: History and Nationalism in The Shadow Lines. In Amitav Ghosh Critical Perspectives, edited by B. Bose. Delhi: Pencraft International.
  • Chaudhuri, Supriya. 2009. Translating loss: place and language in Amitav Ghosh and Salman Rushdie.Études anglaises:266.
  • Cheuse, A. 2006. The Hungry Tide. World Literature Today 80 (2):22-22.
  • Chew, Shirley. 2001. Texts and Worlds in Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land. In Bell, Maureen (ed. and introd.); Chew, Shirley (ed.); Eliot, Simon (ed.); Hunter, Lynette (ed.); West, James L. W., III (ed.), Re-Constructing the Book: Literary Texts in Transmission.Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2001. xi, 231 pp..edited by M. Bell, S. Chew, S. Eliot, L. Hunter and J. L. W. West, III. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.
  • Cohn, Bernard S. 1996. Colonialism and its Forms of Knowledge: The British in IndiaPrinceton studies in culture/power/history. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  • Davis, Rocío G. 2002. To Dwell in Travel: Historical Ironies in Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land. InMissions of Interdependence: A Literary Directory. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Dayal, Samir. 1998. The Emergence of the Fragile Subject: Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land. InHybridity and Postcolonialism: Twentieth-Century Indian Literature. Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg.
  • Dedebas, Eda. 2007. Hybrid Nations and Narratives: The Intermingling of Multinationalism and Multiple Narratives in The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh. Cuadernos de Literatura Inglesa y Norteamericana 10 (1-2):83-91.
  • Desai, G. 2004. Old world orders: Amitav Ghosh and the writing of nostalgia (‘In an Antique Land’).Representations (85):125-148.
  • D’Haen, T. 2007. Antique lands, new worlds? Comparative literature, intertextuality, translation. Forum for Modern Language Studies 43 (2):107-120.
  • Dixon, Robert. 1996. ‘Travelling in the West’: The Writing of Amitav Ghosh. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 31 (1):3-24.
  • Docker, John. 1998. His Slave, My Tattoo: Romancing a Lost World. In Unfinished Journeys: India File from Canberra. Adelaide, Australia: CRNLE.
  • Fletcher, Lisa. 2011. Reading the Postcolonial Island in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry TideIsland Studies Journal 6 (1):3-1.
  • Florence, Cabaret. 2010. Qui est le subalterne de l ‘histoire indienne? Ou comment le personnage participe d’une relecture historiographique dans the Glass Palace (2000) d’Amitav Ghosh. L’Atelier 2 (1):1-19.
  • Foucault, Michel, Donald Fernand Bouchard, and Sherry Simon. 1977. Language, Counter-memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Fraser, Bashabi. 2011. ‘Our Little Life Is Rounded with a Sleep’: The Scottish Presence in Andrew Greig’sIn Another Light and Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide
  • Freedman, Ariela. 2005. On the Ganges Side of Modernism: Raghubir Singh, Amitav Ghosh, and the Postcolonial Modern. In Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP.
  • Gabriel, Sharmani Patricia. 2005. The Heteroglossia of Home: Re-’Routing’ the Boundaries of National Identity in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesJournal of Postcolonial Writing 41 (1):40-53.
  • Galuzzi, Fausto. 2009. The Theme of Translation in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. In Perspectives on English Studies, edited by R. A. Henderson. Torino: Trauben.
  • Gandhi, Leela. 2003. ‘A Choice of Histories’: Ghosh vs. Hegel in an Antique Land. New Literatures Review 40:17-32.
  • F. Gambarotta. 1991. Per una scrittura non violenta. In Un linguaggio universale, Milano: Linea d’ombra.
  • Ghosh, Bishnupriya. 2004. On Grafting the Vernacular: The Consequences of Postcolonial Spectrology.Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture 31 (2):197-218.
  • Ghosh-Schellhorn, Martina. 2006. Chromosoming Utopia: A Virtual World in Anglophone Indian Fiction In Mediating Indian Writing in English: German Responses, edited by B.-P. Lange and M. Pandurang. Berlin.
  • Glabazna, Radek. 2010. The Medieval Middle East as a Space of Cultural Hybridity in Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land. In Space in Cultural and Literary Studies.. edited by A. Ciuk and K. Molek-Kozakowska. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Glabazna, Radek. 2005. Palimpsest and Seduction: The Glass Palace and White TeethKunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing 27 (1):75-87.
  • Gopal, Priyamvada. 2004. Amitav Ghosh (1956- ). In World Writers in English, Volume I: Chinua Achebe to V. S. Naipaul. New York, NY: Scribner’s.
  • Gorlier, Claudio. 1996. Il cromosoma Calcutta. L’indice dei libri del mese (6).
  • Grewal, Inderpal. 2005. Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, NeoliberalismsDurham, NC: Duke UP, 2005. xi, 280 pp.. (Durham, NC: Next Wave: New Directions in Women’s Studies). Durham, NC: Duke UP.
  • Grewal, Inderpal. 2008. Amitav Ghosh: Cosmopolitanisms, Literature, Transnationalisms  In The Postcolonial and the Global. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P.
  • Grimal, C. 2006. The ‘Hungry tide’. Quinzaine Litteraire (923):14-16.
  • Guilhamon, Lise. 2011. La traduction dans The Hungry Tide (2004) d’Amitav Ghosh comme site de resistance, de decentrement et de negociation culturelle. Paper read at 4ème Congrès du Réseau Asie & Pacifique, at Paris, France.
  • Gunning, Dave. 2009. History, Anthropology, Necromancy – Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land InPostcolonial Ghosts/Fantômes post-coloniaux. edited by M. Joseph-Vilain and J. Misrahi-Barak. Montpellier, France: Universitaires de la Méditerranée.
  • Gupta, R. K. 1994. Trends in modern Indian fiction. World Literature Today: a literary quarterly of the University of Oklahoma (Norman) 68 (2).
  • Gupta, R. K. 2006. ‘That Which a Man Takes for Himself No One Can Deny Him’: Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace and the Colonial Experience. International Fiction Review 33 (1-2):18-26.
  • Gurnah, A. 2004. The ‘Hungry Tide’. Tls-the Times Literary Supplement (5285):21-21.
  • Gurr, Jens Martin. 2010. Emplotting an Ecosystem: Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide and the Question of Form in Ecocriticism In Local Natures, Global Responsibilities: Ecocritical Perspectives on the New English Literatures, edited by L. Volkmann, N. Grimm, I. Detmers and K. Thomson. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Guttman, Anna. 2010. The Jew in the Archive: Textualizations of (Jewish?) History in Contemporary South Asian Literature. Contemporary Literature 51 (3):503-531.
  • Hanquart-Turner, Evelyne. 2011. The Search for Paradise: Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. InProjections of Paradise: Ideal Elsewheres in Postcolonial Migrant Literature, edited by H. Ramsey-Kurz and G. Ganapathy-Doré. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Haque, Md Rezaul. 2012. The Precursory Dialectic in The Circle of Reason. In The Shadow of the Precursor. Edited by D. Glenn, M. R. Haque, B. Kooyman and N. Bierbaum. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Harrington, Louise. 2011. An-Other Space: Diasporic Responses to Partition in Bengal. In India and the Diasporic Imagination/L’Inde et l’imagination diasporique, edited by R. Christian and J. Misrahi-Barak. Montpellier, France: PU de la Méditerranée.
  • Hawley, John C. 2005. Amitav Ghosh. New Delhi, India: Foundation Books.
  • Hicks, K. 2006. The Hungry Tide. Society & Animals 14 (3):312-315.
  • Huttunen, Tuomas. 2000. Narration and Silence in the Works of Amitav Ghosh. World Literature Written in English 38 (2):28-43.
  • Huttunen, Tuomas.  2004. Representation of London in The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh. Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London 2 (1):18 paragraphs.
  • Huttunen, Tuomas. 2008. The Calcutta Chromosome: The Ethics of Silence and Knowledge. In Seeking the Self-Encountering the Other: Diasporic Narrative and the Ethics of Representation, edited by T. I.
  • Huttunen, Kaisa; Korkka, Janne; Valovirta, Elina. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Huttunen, Tuomas. 2008. Representation of Riots in The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh. In Riots in Literature, edited by D. P. Bell, Gerald; Tiusanen, Jukka. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Huttunen, Tuomas. 2009. Ethics, Language, and the Writing of Amitav Ghosh. In A Sea for Encounters: Essays towards a Postcolonial Commonwealth, edited by S. B. Barthet. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Huttunen, Tuomas. 2012. Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle of Reason—Dismantling the Idea of Purity. Nordic Journal of English Studies 11 (1).
  • James, Louis. 1991. Shadow Lines: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in the Fiction of Amitav Ghosh.Commonwealth Essays and Studies 14 (1):28-32.
  • Jones, Stephanie. 2003. A Novel Genre: Polylingualism and Magical Realism in Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle of ReasonBulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 66 (3):431-41.
  • Kadam, Mansi G. 2006. Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace: A Post-Colonial Novel. In Indian Writing in English, edited by B. Mishra and S. Kumar. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers.
  • Kamath, Rekha. 1998. Memory and Discourse: On Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land. In The Poetics of Memory. Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg.
  • Kapadia, Novy. 1990. Imagination and Politics in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines. In The New Indian Novel in English: A Study of the 1980s. New Delhi: Allied Publishers Ltd.
  • Kapadia, Novy. 1990. Imagination and Politics in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines.
    In The New Indian Novel in English: A Study of the 1980s. New Delhi: Allied Publishers Ltd.
  • Kaul, Suvir. 1994. Separation Anxiety: Growing Up Inter/National in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines.Oxford Literary Review 16 (1-2):125-45.
  • Khair, Tabish. 2001. Babu Fictions: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels. Delhi and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Khair, Tabish. 2003. Amitav Ghosh: A Critical Companion. Delhi: Permanent Black.
  • Khatri, C. L. 2001. The Narrative Technique of Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesZenith: A Literary Magazine 7:50-55.
  • Kich, Martin. 2000. Mosquito Bites and Computer Bytes: Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome.Notes on Contemporary Literature 30 (4):9-12.
  • Kumar, T. Vijay. 2007. ‘Postcolonial’ Describes You as a Negative: An Interview with Amitav Ghosh.Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 9 (1):99-105.
  • Maharaj, Neelam A. 2006. Amitav Ghosh and The Forgotten Army. Postcolonial Text 2 (2).
  • Maher, Moustaga. 1995. Eine Reise durch Kulturen und Zeiten: Amitav Ghosh, In an Antique Land(1992): ‘Essai’ eines interkulturellen Interpretations. In Der Gebrauch der Sprache. Münster, Germany: Lit.
  • Majeed, Javed. 1995. Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land: The Ethnographer-Historian and the Limits of Irony. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 30 (2):45-55.
  • Majumdar, N. 2003. Shadows of the Nation: Amitav Ghosh and the Critique of Nationalism. Ariel-a Review of International English Literature 34 (2-3):237-258.
  • Mallot, J. Edward. 2007. ‘A Land Outside Space, an Expanse without Distances’: Amitav Ghosh, Kamila Shamsie, and the Maps of Memory. Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 18 (3):261-84.
  • Marx, John. 2011. The Historical Novel After Lukács. In Georg Lukács: The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: Aesthetics, Politics, Literature., edited by T. Bewes and T. Hall. New York, NY: Continuum.
  • Mathur, Suchitra. 2004. Caught between the Goddess and the Cyborg: Third-World Women and the Politics of Science in Three Works of Indian Science Fiction. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 39 (3):119-38.
  • Mee, Jon. 2003. The Burthen of the Mystery. Imagination and Difference in The Shadow Lines. InAmitav Ghosh. A Critical Companion, edited by T. Kair. Delhi: Permanent Black.
  • Mehta, P. B. 2000. Cosmopolitanism and the Circle of ReasonPolitical Theory 28 (5):619.
  • Merrill, Christi Ann. 2007. Laughing out of Place: Humour Alliances and Other Postcolonial Translations in In an Antique LandInterventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 9 (1):106-123.
  • Mondal, Anshuman A.  2003. Allegories of Identity: ‘Postmodern’ Anxiety and ‘Postcolonial’ Ambivalence in Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land and The Shadow LinesJournal of Commonwealth Literature 38 (3):19-36.
  • Mondal, Anshuman. 2007. Amitav Ghosh. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press.
  • Mongia, Padmini. 1992. Postcolonial Identity and Gender Boundaries in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesCollege Literature 19-20 (3-1 [Double issue]):225-28.
  • Mongia, Padmini. 2005. Between Men: Conrad in the Fiction of Two Contemporary Indian Writers. InConrad in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Mukherjee, Pablo. 2006. Surfing the Second Waves: Amitav Ghosh’s Tide Country. New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics 59:144-157.
  • Nayar, Pramod K. 2010. The Postcolonial Uncanny: The Politics of Dispossession in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry TideCollege Literature 37 (4):88-119.
  • Nelson, Diane M. 2003. A Social Science Fiction of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery: The Calcutta Chromosome, the Colonial Laboratory, and the Postcolonial New Human. Science Fiction Studies 30 (2 [90]):246-66.
  • Neluka, Silva, and Alex Tickell. 2003. An Interview with Amitav Ghosh. In Amitav Ghosh Critical Perspectives, edited by B. Bose. Delhi: Pencraft International.
  • Prasad, Murari. 2007. Transcending the Postcolonial: Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique LandLiterary Criterion 42 (2):51-61.
  • Prusse, Michael C. 2009. Imaginary Pasts: Colonisation, Migration and Loss in J. G. Farrell’s The Singapore Grip and in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass PalaceTransnational Literature 2 (1).
  • Pulugurtha, Nishi. 2010. Refugees, Settlers and Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide.In Local Natures, Global Responsibilities: Ecocritical Perspectives on the New English Literatures, edited by L. Volkmann, N. Grimm, I. Detmers and K. Thomson. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Radhakrishnan, R. 2001. Globalization, desire, and the politics of representation. Comparative Literature (Univ. of Oregon, Eugene) 53 (4):315.
  • Radhakrishnan, R. 2002. Derivative Discourses and the Problem of Signification. European Legacy: Toward New Paradigm 7 (6):783-95.
  • Rao, Nagesh. 2003. Cosmopolitanism, Class and Gender in The Shadow LinesSouth Asian Review 24 (1):95-115.
  • Rath, Arnapurna, and Milind Malshe. 2011. Chronotopes of “Places” and “Non-places”: Ecopoetics of Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry TideAsiatic 4 (2):14-33.
  • Reddy, Sheela. 2008. Interview with Amitav Ghosh. “The Ghazipur and Patna Opium Factories Together Produced the Wealth of Britain”. Outlook, 26 May.
  • Rollason, Christopher. 2005. “In Our Translated World”. Transcultural Communication in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry TideAtlantic Review 6 (1):86-107.
  • Rollason, Christopher. 2009. Empire, Sense of Place and Cultures in Contact – George Orwell’s ‘Burmese Days’ and Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Glass Palace’. Indian Journal of Postcolonial Literatures 9 (June).
  • Romanik, B. 2005. Transforming the Colonial City: Science and the Practice of Dwelling in The Calcutta ChromosomeMosaic-a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 38 (3):41-57.
  • Roy, Anjali. 2000. Microstoria: Indian Nationalism’s ‘Little Stories’ in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesJournal of Commonwealth Literature 35 (2):35-49.
  • Roy, Rituparna. 2010. South Asian Partition Fiction in English : From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Schulze-Engler, Frank. 2000. Literature in the Global Ecumene of Modernity: Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle of Reason and In an Antique Land. In English Literatures in International Contexts.. Heidelberg, Germany: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag.
  • Sen, Asha. 1997. Crossing Boundaries in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesJournal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 5 (1):46-58.
  • Sen, Asha. 1998. Child Narrators in The Shadow LinesCracking India, and Meatless DaysWorld Literature Written in English 37 (1-2):190-206.
  • Sen, Biswarup. 2001. Interview with Amitav Ghosh. Persimmon: Asian Literature, Arts, and Culture 2 (2):62-65.
  • Sen, Krishna. 2006. Amitav Ghosh. In South Asian Writers in English. Detroit, MI: Thomson Gale.
  • Shikha, Kumari. 2011. Ecocriticism in Indian Fiction. IRWLE.  7 (1).
  • Shinn, Christopher A. 2008. On Machines and Mosquitoes: Neuroscience, Bodies, and Cyborgs in Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta ChromosomeMELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 33 (4):145-166.
  • Siddiqi, Yumna. 2002. Police and Postcolonial Rationality in Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle of Reason.Cultural Critique 50:175-211.
  • Simon, S. 1998. Frontiers of memory: The partition of India in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines.Etudes Francaises 34 (1):29-43.
  • Singh, Jaspal Kaur. 2010. The Indian Diaspora in Burma and the Politics of Globalization in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace and Mira Kamdar’s Motiba’s Tattoos. In Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas , edited by J. K. Singh and R. Chetty. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  • Singh, Sushila. 1992. Double Self in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesLanguage Forum: A Half-Yearly Journal of Language and Literature 18 (1-2):135-42.
  • Singh, Sujala. 2004. Who Can Save the Subaltern? Knowledge and Power in Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle of ReasonCritical Survey 16 (2):45-58.
  • Singh, Sujala. 2005. The Routes of National Identity in Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Shadow Lines’. InAlternative Indias: Writing, Nation and Communalism. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.
  • Sircar, Arjya. 1992. The Stranger Within: Amitav Ghosh’s Quest for Identity. Language Forum: A Half-Yearly Journal of Language and Literature 18 (1-2):143-47.
  • Skinner, John. 2002. Embodying Voices: Language and representation in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass PalaceBELL: Belgian Essays on Language and Literature:137-149.
  • Smith, Eric D. 2007. ‘Caught Straddling a Border’: A Novelistic Reading of Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique LandJournal of Narrative Theory 37 (37:3):447-472,498.
  • Spyra, A. 2006. Is cosmopolitanism not for women? Migration in Qurratulain Hyder’s Sita Betrayed and Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow LinesFrontiers-a Journal of Women Studies 27 (2):1-26.
  • Srivastava, Neelam. 2001. Amitav Ghosh’s Ethnographic Fictions: Intertextual Links between In an Antique Land and His Doctoral Thesis. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 36 (2):45-64.
  • Su, John J. 2011. Amitav Ghosh and the Aesthetic Turn in Postcolonial Studies. Journal of Modern Literature 34 (3):65-86.
  • Tadie, A. 2002. Amitav Ghosh: the Nuances of History. Esprit (1):62-73.
  • Thieme, John. 1994. Passages to England. In Liminal Postmodernisms: The Postmodern, the (Post-)Colonial, and the (Post-)Feminist. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Thieme, John. 2003. The Discoverer Discovered. In Amitav Ghosh. A Critical Companion, edited by T. Khair. Delhi: Permanent Black.
  • Thieme, John. 2007. Amitav Ghosh: The Hungry Tide. In Literary Encyclopedia.
  • Thompson, Hilary. 2009. The Colonial City as Inverted Laboratory in Baumgartner’s Bombay and The Calcutta ChromosomeJournal of Narrative Theory 39 ((39:3)):347-368,417-418.
  • Thrall, James H. 2009. Postcolonial Science Fiction?: Science, Religion and the Transformation of Genre in Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta ChromosomeLiterature & Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Theory, and Culture 23 (3):289-302.
  • Tomsky, Terri. 2009. Amitav Ghosh’s Anxious Witnessing and the Ethics of Action in The Hungry Tide.Journal of Commonwealth Literature 44 (1):53-65.
  • Urry, John, and Inc NetLibrary. 1990. The tourist gaze: leisure and travel in contemporary societies. London ; Newbury Park: Sage Publications.
  • Vescovi, Alessandro. 2007. Storia e conoscenza storica in Midnight’s Children e The Shadow Lines. In Le trame della conoscenza, edited by M. Bignami, Milano: Unicopli.
  • Vescovi, Alessandro. 2009. Amitav Ghosh in Conversation. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 40 (4):129-141.
  • Vescovi, Alessandro. 2011. Amitav Ghosh. Firenze: Le Lettere.
  • Vescovi, Alessandro. 2011. Voicing Unspoken Histories: Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies as Research Novel. In History and Narration: Looking Back from the Twentieth Century, edited by M. Bignami, F. Orestano and A. Vescovi. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Press.
  • Vinay, Lal. 2012. The politics of culture and knowledge after postcolonialism: Nine theses (and a prologue). Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 27 (2):191-205.
  • Viswanathan, Gauri. 1995. Beyond Orientalism: Syncretism and the Politics of Knowledge. Stanford Humanities Review 5 (1):19-34.
  • Wassef, Hind. 1998. Beyond the Divide: History and National Boundaries in the Work of Amitav Ghosh.Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 18:75-95 (English section), 212-13 (Arabic section).
  • Weik, Alexa. 2006. The Home, the Tide, and the World: Eco-Cosmopolitan Encounters in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry TideJournal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 13-14 (2-1):120-141.
  • Whitrow, Magda. 1993. Julius Wagner-Jauregg (1857-1940). London: Smith Gordon.
  • Zanganeh, Lila Azam. 2011. Excavation: Lila Azam Zanganeh interviews Amitav Ghosh. Guernica,
  • Zullo, Federica. 2009. Il cerchio della storia. Conflitti e paure nell’opera di Amitav Ghosh. Padova: il Poligrafo.

 Web Resources

Amitav Ghosh’s Personal Website

Amitav Ghosh’s Twitter Feed

Author: Peter Nowakoski, Spring 1996
Last edited: May 2017

Write A Comment