This volume is a critical investigation into the contemporary phenomenon of the dissensus of the globe and the planet, and the new terrains of consciousness that need to be negotiated towards a possibility for transformation. It examines the possibilities of alternate, sustainable modes of being and existing in a world which requires a unified, ethical, biopolitical worldview. The book explores themes like philosophical posthumanism and planetary concerns; disruption of cultural and intellectual inequality; bodily movement through nomadic subjectivity; dystopic spatialities of game(re)play; globalization, and speculative imaginaries of the body; and theory of multiplicity. It also discusses the impact of COVID-19 on human beings, the role of the neoliberal media, the question of rights of robots and cyborgs in sci-fi movies, and representation of refugees in literature.
This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of English literature, political philosophy, cultural studies, literary cultures, post-colonial studies, critical theory, and social anthropology.
List of Contributors xi
SIMI MALHOTRA, SHRADDHA A. SINGH, AND ZAHRA RIZVI
Dissonance and Us 9
1 Portal, the Front, Wound: Three Metaphors to Explore the Planetary Crisis 11
JOFF P. N. BRADLEY
2 Philosophical Posthumanism and Planetary Concerns 29
FRANCESCA FERRANDO AND SHRADDHA A. SINGH
3 Move Over, Mona Lisa. Move Over, Jane Eyre: Disrupting the Cultural and Intellectual Inequality Pipeline 37
4 Rethinking Metaphorical and Bodily Movement through Nomadic Subjectivity and Identity 50
5 To Dream Again: Thoughts on Island Soundscapes and Environmentalism 65
PRIYA PARROTTA NATARAJAN
Discord, Dystopias, and Utopias 77
6 Becoming Utopian in a Threatened Order 79
7 Exploring Dystopic Spatialities of Game(re)play: A Study of Papers, Please and Orwell 93
8 Seeking a World of Their Own: Looking for ‘Human’ Rights in a Mechanized, Futuristic World 105
9 Re-Orienting Reading: Ergodic Form of Mark Z. Danielewski’s Only Revolutions 120
Disparity and Speculative Overtures 131
10 An Open Letter from Rattus Norvegicus to New York City 133
11 “As Told to”: The Mediation of Refugee Voices in
Contemporary Short Fiction 143
12 “I Am Also a We”: Pathic Communities and the Globalization of Affect in the Wachowskis’ Sense8 154
13 Re-inscribing the World: Reflections on Sense-Making and Navigating the Networks of Global Capitalism 170
INDRANI DAS GUPTA
"This rich volume covered a wide range of philosophical, literary and ethical materials to place the work of the imagination its widest spatial contexts, ranging from the intimate to the planetary. The authors explore the actual, possible and probable terrains of the ethics of humanity in an epoch in which global challenges appear to be subsumed by the planetary crisis."
- Professor Arjun Appadurai
"This collection of essays is a valuable addition to the growing field of Anthropocene studies. Concerned with the globe, the earth, and our times, the essays included here dwell on planetary ethics in speculative, real, and imagined spaces. This book will speak to our sense of the present."
- Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty