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Globalization and Planetary Ethics
New Terrains of Consciousness

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ISBN 9781032222769
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
220 Pages

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Book Description

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 impact of COVID on human beings,  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.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Simi Malhotra, Shraddha A. Singh, Zahra Rizvi Part I: Dissonance and Us 1. Portal, front, wound: three metaphors to explore the planetary crisis - Joff P. N. Bradley 2.  Philosophical Posthumanism and Planetary Concerns-Francesca Ferrando 3. Move Over, Mona Lisa. Move Over, Jane Eyre: Disrupting the Cultural and Intellectual Inequality Pipeline -  Peggy Levitt 4.  Rethinking Metaphorical and Bodily Movement through Nomadic Subjectivity and Identity - Venya Patel 5. To Dream Again: Thoughts on Island Soundscapes and Environmentalism - Priya Parrotta Part II: Discord, Dystopias, and Utopias 6.  Becoming Utopian in a Threatened Order-Tom Moylan 7. Exploring Dystopic Spatialities of Game(re)play: A Study of Papers, Please and Orwell - Zahra Rizvi 8. Seeking a World of Their Own: Looking for ‘human’ rights in a mechanised, futuristic world - Arpita Sen 9. Re-Orienting Reading: Ergodic Form of Mark Z. Danielewski’s Only Revolutions - Ainee Basir Part III: Disparity and Speculative Overtures 10. Open Letter from Rattus Norvegicus to New York City - Radhika Subramaniam 11. “As told to”: The Mediation of Refugee Voices in Contemporary Short Fiction -  Miriam Wallraven 12. “I am also a we”: Globalization, Neoliberal Media, and Speculative Imaginaries of the Body in Sense8, The OA, and Ship of Theseus - Paromita Patranobish 13.  Re-inscribing the World: Reflections on Sense-Making and Navigating the Networks of Global Capitalism - Indrani Das Gupta

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Simi Malhotra is Professor and Head, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Her latest publications are the edited books Food Culture Studies in India: Consumption, Representation and Mediation, and Inhabiting Cyberspace in India: Theory, Perspectives and Challenges, both in 2021 from Springer, and the co-authored books Terrains of Consciousness: Multilogical Perspectives on Globalization, in 2021 from the Würzburg University Press, Germany, and Ocean As Method: Thinking With The Maritime, in 2022 from Routledge.


Shraddha A. Singh is Associate Professor at the Department of English, Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi, India. She works on Literary Theory and Genre Fiction with a special interest in Margaret Atwood’s oeuvre. She has worked on international projects, has several publications and has presented papers at national and international seminars and conferences. Her latest publication is titled Speculation and Detection: Explorations in Genre Fiction, in 2022 from Worldview Publications. She is a published bilingual poet and has read her poetry at the Sahitya Akademi (Indian Academy of Letters).


Zahra Rizvi is Ph.D. scholar and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, and works in the fields of cultural studies, utopia/dystopia studies, digital humanities, and game studies. She is co-founder of the Indian chapter of Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), and is Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellow at Yale University. She was recently Ministry of Education-SPARC Fellow in Digital Humanities at Michigan State University, and the Electronic Literature Organisation Fellow 2022. She has delivered lectures at Michigan State University, Jamia Millia Islamia, and Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi. Her work has been published in several online and print journals.