I am Jack the ripper, a golden eagle: ethical alterity and dangers of narrative travel in world literature

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dc.contributor.author Chattopadhyay, Arka
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-01T05:10:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-01T05:10:35Z
dc.date.issued 2019-01
dc.identifier.citation Chattopadhyay, Arka,"I am Jack the ripper, a golden eagle: ethical alterity and dangers of narrative travel in world literature", Interventions, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2018.1547207, Nov. 2018. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1369-801X
dc.identifier.issn 1469-929X
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2018.1547207
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/4030
dc.description.abstract In this essay I extract an ethic from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s concept of “planetarity” in the context of world literature, which highlights the notion of transnational literary circulation. I argue for a planetary ethic of absolute otherness that interacts with the way a story travels across national borders. I take this dialogue through the Bengali-Indian writer Sandipan Chattopadhyay’s short story “Shonali Danar Igol” (“The Eagle with Golden Wings”), where we see this alterity in sync with a fantasmatic narrative passage that transcends national imagination. Delving into the psychotic fantasy of the story’s Anglo-Indian protagonist allows us to see how dangerous a transnational literary transmission can be. I hope to show how planetary ruptures interrupt the continuities of the global and how planetarity itself becomes an ethical tool to respect the untranslatable in the planetary non-human Other. Sandipan’s story contributes to this critical dialogue by introducing psychosis as the fallout of translating the untranslatable alterity of the planet.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Arka Chattopadhyay
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Online en_US
dc.subject Belief en_US
dc.subject Fantasy en_US
dc.subject Planetarity en_US
dc.subject Post en_US
dc.subject Psychosis en_US
dc.subject World literature en_US
dc.title I am Jack the ripper, a golden eagle: ethical alterity and dangers of narrative travel in world literature en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Interventions


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