Arundhati Roy is not only an accomplished novelist, but equally gifted in unraveling the politics of globalization, the power and ideology of corporate culture, fundamentalism, terrorism, and other issues gripping today’s world. This volume – featuring prominent scholars from throughout the world – examines Roy beyond the aesthetic parameters of her fiction, focusing also on her creative activism and struggles in global politics. The chapters travel to and fro between her non-fictional works – engaging activism on the streets and global forums – and its underlying roots in her novel. Roy is examined as a novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist, activist, feminist, screenwriter, ideologist, and architect. This volume presents Roy's interlocking network of the ideas, attitudes and ideologies that emerge from the contemporary social and the political world.
Table of Contents
Prologue Antonia Navarro-Tejero Part I: The Writer, the Artist 1. "The (In)fusion of Sociology and Literary Fantasy: Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Ulrich Beck, and the Reinvention of Politics" Jesse T. Airaudi 2. "Where ‘Tomorrow’?: The God of Small Things as Derridean Ghost Story" Cara Cilano 3. "In-Between and Elsewhere: Liminality in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things" Anna Froula 4. "Beyond ‘Anti-Communism’: The Progressive Politics of The God of Small Things" Pranav Jani 5. "The History House: The Magic of Contained Space in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things" Sara Upstone 6. "City and Non-City: Political and Gender Issues in In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones" Joel Kuortti Part II: The Writer, the Activist, the Intellectual 7. "Committed Writing, Committed Writer?" Emilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas 8. "More to the Point, Less Composed: An Essay on the Analytic Style of Noam Chomsky and Arundathi Roy" Padmaja Challakere 9. "How to Tell a Story to Change the World: Arundhati Roy, Globalization and Environmental Feminism" Susan Comfort 10. "Home and the World: the Multiple Citizenships of Arundhati Roy" Gurleen Grewal 11. "The Limits of Dissent: Arundhati Roy and the Struggle Against the Narmada Dams" David Jefferess Epilogue Ranjan Ghosh
Ranjan Ghosh teaches in the Department of English, University of North Bengal. He is also Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Federal Govt. of Germany.
Antonia Navarro-Tejero is Professor of English Literature at Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), and a 2004-2005 Fulbright scholar at University of California, Berkeley.