1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Literature and the Global South

Edited By Alfred J. López, Ricardo Quintana-Vallejo Copyright 2023
    320 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion Literature and the Global South offers a comprehensive overview of the field at a key moment in its development—a snapshot of where Global South literary studies stands in its second decade. As the aftermath of a string of global cataclysms since the rise of neoliberal globalization has demonstrated, it is the poor, the disenfranchised, and the marginalized who consistently bear the brunt of the suffering. What defines the Global South is the recognition across the world that globalization’s promised bounties have not materialized. It has failed as a global master narrative. Global South studies centers on three general areas: Globalization, its aftermath/failure, and how those on the economic bottom survive it.

    Organized into three parts, this volume consists of original essays by 25 contributors from around the world. Part I focuses on the origins and objects of Global South studies, and how this field has come to define and historicize its organizing concept. Part II considers subsequent critical developments in Global South studies, particularly those that embrace interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. Part III features case studies which highlight a range of applications and interventions. The contributors critique the boundaries and definitions explored in the earlier parts and push "settled" literatures or methods into new analytical spaces.

    This innovative collection is an invaluable resource for anyone studying and researching Global South studies and literature, but also those interested in world literature, contemporary literature, postcolonialism, decolonizing the curriculum, critical race studies, gender studies, and politics.

    List of Contributors

    Introduction: Cardinal Points and "Hilly Sand"

    Alfred J. López and Ricardo Quintana-Vallejo

    Part I – Intentions: Geographies, Epistemologies, Subjects

    Chapter 1 – Fanon: A Theatre of Embodiment

    Felicity Bromley-Hall and Jean Khalfa

    Chapter 2 – The Universal Convulsion: Norths, Souths and the Global Cold War in Asia Jini Kim Watson

    Chapter 3 – Solidarity’s Temporalities

    Adhira Mangalagiri

    Chapter 4 – From the South Out: Neoliberalism, Horizontality, and the Post-Global Subject in Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

    Juan Meneses

    Chapter 5 – Deep Souths: The U.S. South and the Global South

    Pashmina Murthy

    Chapter 6 – Situating Energy Humanities in India: Labour and Gender in Narratives of Energy Systems

    Swaralipi Nandi

    Chapter 7 – Queer/Cuir in the Global South? Latin-American Dissidence and Gendersex Non-Conformity

    Ricardo Quintana-Vallejo

    Chapter 8 – Resonances of Race in the Global South and the Decolonial Turn

    Juan G. Ramos

    Chapter 9 – Colonial Traces: The Specter of the Global South in Contemporary Cinema

    Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

    Part II – Approaches: Methods and Methodologies

    Chapter 10 – Global South Literatures as New Materialisms: Ecologies, Objects, and Ontologies

    Carlos M. Amador

    Chapter 11 – Historicizing Rabindranath’s Reception in Argentina

    Nilanjana Bhattacharya

    Chapter 12 – Slave Literacy, Creolization and Muslim Formation in Colonial Jamaica

    Ahmed Idrissi Alami

    Chapter 13 – Submerging the South: Storying the Deep Indian Ocean

    Charne Lavery

    Chapter 14 – Contested Histories: Indian Cinema in the Global South and Beyond

    Parichay Patra

    Chapter 15 – Between Lettered and Popular Cultures: A Cultural History Perspective

    Guillermo Zermeño (translated by Ricardo Quintana-Vallejo)

    Part III - Case Studies: Examples and Exceptions

    Chapter 16 – The Computer and the Subject: Computing Extractivism in Global South Literatures

    Amrita De

    Chapter 17 – Carolina Maria de Jesus: Four Movements of the Favela and Literature

    Fabio Akcelrud Durão

    Chapter 18 – Poetry of the Indian Avant-Garde, An Intransigent Aesthetics

    Brinda Bose

    Chapter 19 – The Sociological Imagination of Dr. Jose Rizal

    Teresita Cruz del Rosario

    Chapter 20 – Human-Nonhuman intra-action in Kendel Hippolyte’s Ecopoetry

    Yvonne Liebermann

    Chapter 21 – Epeli Hau’ofa: Sly Naivety in Tales of the Tikongs

    Sudesh Mishra

    Chapter 22 – Amphibious Poetics on the Malabar Coast: Kappappāṭṭu and the Chronotope of the Ship in Mappila Literary Culture

    A. K. Muneer

    Chapter 23 – The Guantánamo Graphic Novels: Towards a Carceral Imperialism

    Pramod K. Nayar

    Chapter 24 – Exploring Digital Archives: Vieques on the Internet and Yabureibo in the Global South

    Juan Carlos Rodríguez

    Chapter 25 – ‘We Must Be a Third Principle:’ Midnight’s Children and the Non-Aligned Movement

    Yanping Zhang



    Alfred J. López is Professor and Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at Purdue University, Indiana. His publications include José Martí: A Revolutionary Life (University of Texas Press, 2014) and A Posthumous History of José Martí: The Apostle and his Afterlife (Routledge, 2023). López was also the founding editor of The Global South (Indiana University Press, 2007- ), the leading journal of globalization and Global South studies.

    Ricardo Quintana-Vallejo is Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island College. He is the author of Children of Globalization: Diasporic Coming-of-age Novels in Germany, England, and the United States (Routledge, 2021). His essays have appeared in Literary Geographies, Norteamérica, The North Meridian Review, and Chasqui, and in several edited volumes.