Incendiary Circumstances

Incendiary Circumstances

The author reminisces on the past thiry years of his life, providing eyewitness accounts and reflections on some of the most turbulent events of his time, including the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the Pol Pot massacres of Cambodia, and ...

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618872213

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 305

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The author reminisces on the past thiry years of his life, providing eyewitness accounts and reflections on some of the most turbulent events of his time, including the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the Pol Pot massacres of Cambodia, and September 11th.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Incendiary Circumstances

Incendiary Circumstances

No doubt the reason that this question had a special urgency for me was because the “incendiary circumstances” of the title have been a part of the ...

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780547527130

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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A journalist who “illuminates the human drama behind the headlines” writes about today’s dramatic events, from terrorist attacks to tsunamis (Publishers Weekly). “An uncannily honest writer,” Amitav Ghosh has published firsthand accounts of pivotal world events in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and the New Yorker (The New York Times Book Review). This volume brings together the finest of these pieces, chronicling the turmoil of our times. Incendiary Circumstances begins with Ghosh’s arrival in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands just days after the devastation of the 2005 tsunami. We then travel back to September 11, 2001, as Ghosh retrieves his young daughter from school, sick with the knowledge that she must witness the kind of firestorm that has been in the background of his life since childhood. In his travels, Ghosh has stood on an icy mountaintop on the contested border between India and Pakistan; interviewed Pol Pot’s sister-in-law in Cambodia; shared the elation of Egyptians when Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize; and stood with his threatened Sikh neighbors through the riots following Indira Gandhi’s assassination. In these pieces, he offers an up-close look at an era defined by the ravages of politics and nature. “Ghosh is the perfect chronicler of an increasingly globalized world . . . Reading [him] is a mind-expanding experience. Once you’ve finished this book, you’re very likely to press it into your friends’ hands and beg them to read it as well.” —Sunday Oregonian
Categories: Literary Collections

Reading the Postcolonial Cosmopolitan Novel Ethical Encounters with the Literature of Incendiary Circumstances

Reading the Postcolonial Cosmopolitan Novel  Ethical Encounters with the Literature of Incendiary Circumstances

Identifying cosmopolitanism as the principal ethico-political paradigm for postcolonialism's increasingly trans-national vision of the future, "Reading the Postcolonial Cosmopolitan Novel" argues novels' fundamental importance to this ...

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ISBN: 1303634309

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Page: 169

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Identifying cosmopolitanism as the principal ethico-political paradigm for postcolonialism's increasingly trans-national vision of the future, "Reading the Postcolonial Cosmopolitan Novel" argues novels' fundamental importance to this vision's realization. It contends that the inherently ethical experience of novel-reading means that postcolonial novels like Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (1988) and Phaswane Mpe's Welcome to Our Hillbrow (2001) are in fact capable of (re)-producing cosmopolitan subjectivities in the world--and therefore that novels, not theory, contain postcolonialism's most useful thinking about cosmopolitanism as both a diverse set of already existing practices in the world and an ethical model of interpersonal and transcultural encounter.
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Philosophy and Literature in Times of Crisis

Philosophy and Literature in Times of Crisis

62 Ghosh, Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times(New York: Mariner Books, 2005), p.108. 63 Ghosh, Incendiary Circumstances:A ...

Author: Michael Mack

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623568450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Highlighting literature and philosophy's potential impact on economics, health care, bioethics, public policy and theology, this book analyses the heuristic value of fiction. It alerts us to how we risk succumbing to the deceptions of fiction in our everyday lives, because fictional representations constantly feign to be of the real and claim a reality of their own. Philosophy and literature disclose how the substantive sphere of social, economic and medical practice is sometimes driven and shaped by the affect-ridden and subjective. Analysing a wide range of literature-from Augustine, Shakespeare, Spinoza and Deleuze to Kafka, Sylvia Plath, Philip Roth, W. G. Sebald and Jonathan Littell-Michael Mack rethinks ethical attitudes towards the long or eternal life. In so doing he shows how philosophy and literature turn representation against itself to expose the hollowness of theologically grand concepts that govern our secular approach towards ethics, economics and medicine. Philosophy and literature help us resist our current infatuation with numbers and the numerical and contribute towards a future politics that is at once singular and diverse.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literary Secularism

Literary Secularism

15Ibid., Incendiary Circumstances, 198. 16Ghosh, The Shadow Lines, 204. ways he himself is implicated in a social order whose Chapter Five 108.

Author: Amardeep Singh

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443802697

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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Literary Secularism: Religion and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Fiction shows the path to secularization in the modern novel in comparative perspective. Writers as diverse as George Eliot, James Joyce, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, Taslima Nasrin, and James Wood, have all struggled with religious orthodoxy in their personal lives, and are some of the most important and representative "secular" writers in the modern world canon. But their novels, which are far more than mere anti-religious manifestos, directly reflect the continued power of religious communities and institutions in the modern world. While religion is in a very real sense displaced from epistemological centrality in modernity, all of these writers suggest that religious texts, rituals, and communities have a force that is, in George Eliot's words, “still throbbing” in modern life. In a series of close readings, Literary Secularism argues that the intimate, often deeply ambivalent representation of religion is a key feature of modern writing and is central to the larger intellectual and historical project of modernity. "Literary Secularism" is then a complex literary ethos, which impinges as much on style, language, and novelistic form as on theme. The close readings here of novels such as George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Rabindranath Tagore's Gora, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses all hinge on the ambiguity of religious and secular discourses. In some cases, the ambiguity is expressed through the affective and embodied experience of the protagonists, whose private subjectivity often conflicts with their public identities. The conflict between present and private is also explored in a dedicated chapter on secularism and feminism in India, as well as with regard to the global crisis of secularism that has emerged following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. While the particular experiences of the various narratives vary somewhat from author to author, all of the authors in this study are interested in defining a way of being secular that no sociological or ideological formula can fully describe. Correspondingly, while works of literature are certainly artifacts marking key moments in the history of secularisation, literature by itself doesn't produce secularism in either the cultural or the political context. In arguing for the "literary" as a historically-specific social and cultural mode of secularity, Literary Secularism offers a unique perspective on the problem of secularisation that may be of interest to fields such as literary criticism, religious studies, the sociology of religion, and polticial theory.
Categories: Literary Criticism

In An Antique Land

In An Antique Land

In an Antique Land is a subversive history in the guise of a traveller's tale.

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781847082220

Category: Travel

Page: 400

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In an Antique Land is a subversive history in the guise of a traveller's tale. When the author stumbles across a slave narrative in the margins of an ancient text, his curiosity is piqued. What follows is a ten year search, which brings author and slave together across 800 hundred years of colonial history. Bursting with anecdote and exuberant detail, it offers a magical, intimate biography of the private life of a country, Egypt, from the Crusades to Operation Desert Storm.
Categories: Travel

Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

... Amitav Ghosh for his nonfiction Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times (2006), Samrat Upadhyay for his short story collection ...

Author: Wenying Xu

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810855779

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 389

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The Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater covers the history of Asian American literature and theater through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on authors, books, and genres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this important topic.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Energy Humanities

Energy Humanities

Incendiary Circumstances (1992; repr., Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005), 138–51 On the American side, the answers are not far to The Aesthetics of ...

Author: Imre Szeman

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421421896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 595

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"Energy humanities is a field of scholarship that, like medical humanities and digital humanities before it, overcomes traditional boundaries between the disciplines and between academic and applied research. Like its predecessors, energy humanities highlights the essential contribution that the insights and methods of the human sciences can make to areas of study and analysis once thought best left to the natural sciences. This isn't a case of the humanities simply helping their cross-campus colleagues to learn the mechanics of communication so that they might better articulate their ideas. Rather, these fields of scholarship are ones that demonstrate how the scale and complexity of the issues being explored demand insights and approaches that transcend old school disciplinary boundaries. Energy Humanities : A Reader offers a carefully curated selection of the best and most influential work in energy humanities that has appeared over the past decade. To stay true to the diverse work that makes up this emergent field, selections range from anthropology and geography to philosophy, history, and cultural studies to recent energy-focused interventions in art and literature. The three readers all agree that this is an important, ground-breaking collection of work"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Literary Criticism

History Narrative and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh s Fiction

History  Narrative  and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh s Fiction

2005: Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times is published in the ...

Author: Chitra Sankaran

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438441825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Comprehensive overview of the work of Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Archetypal Nonviolence

Archetypal Nonviolence

He and King understood that direct confrontation could be extraordinarily dangerous in such incendiary circumstances, and they were willing to.

Author: Renée Moreau Cunningham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429655531

Category: Psychology

Page: 168

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Renée Moreau Cunningham’s unique study utilizes the psychology of C. G. Jung and the spiritual teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to explore how nonviolence works psychologically as a form of spiritual warfare, confronting and transmuting aggression. Archetypal Nonviolence uses King’s iconic march from Selma to Montgomery, a demonstration which helped introduce America to nonviolent philosophy on a mass scale, as a metaphor for psychological and spiritual activism on an individual and collective level. Cunningham’s work explores the core wound of racism in America on both a collective and a personal level, investigating how we hide from our own potential for evil and how the divide within ourselves can be bridged. The book demonstrates that the alchemical transmutation of aggression through a nonviolent ethos, as shown in the Selma marches, is important to understand as a beginning to something greater within the paradox of human violence and its bedfellow, nonviolence. Archetypal Nonviolence explores how we can truly transform hatred by understanding how it operates within. It will be of great interest to Jungian analysts and analytical psychologists in practice and in training, and to academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies, American history, race and racism, and nonviolent movements.
Categories: Psychology

River of Smoke

River of Smoke

... The Glass Palace The Hungry Tide Incendiary Circumstances Sea of Poppies River of Smoke Amitav Ghosh JOHN MURRAY www.johnmurray.co.uk First published.

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848545175

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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'As hypnotic as an opium dream and pretty unputdownable' Daily Mail In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton? And what fate befell those aboard the Redruth, a sturdy two-masted brig heading East out of Cornwall? Was it the storm that altered their course or were the destinies of these passengers at the mercy of even more powerful forces? On the grand scale of an historical epic, River of Smoke follows its storm-tossed characters to the crowded harbors of China. There, despite efforts of the emperor to stop them, ships from Europe and India exchange their cargoes of opium for boxes of tea, silk, porcelain and silver. Among them are Bahram Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches and a legendary rare flower have thrown together. All struggle to cope with their losses - and for some, unimaginable freedoms - in the alleys and crowded waterways of 19th century Canton. As transporting and mesmerizing as an opiate induced dream, River of Smoke will soon be heralded as a masterpiece of twenty-first century literature.
Categories: Fiction

Boom or Bust

Boom or Bust

Amitav Ghosh, “Petrofiction: The Oil Encounter and the Novel,” in Incendiary Circumstances (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005), 138–51. 5.

Author: Sheena B. Stief

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806169774

Category: History

Page: 220

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A vast number of studies have documented the economic and geological effects of oil production, but the impact of boom-and-bust cycles on individuals and communities has received less attention. Boom or Bust remedies this gap by highlighting the personal experiences of those directly affected in an economy dominated by oil and natural gas production. The Permian Basin is one of the largest oil-producing regions in the United States. People who live there have benefited from explosive growth, only to see opportunities vanish with sudden industry downturns. In 2016, the National Endowment for the Humanities funded a grant for the study and collection of energy narratives in this economically volatile region. Boom or Bust derives from that community initiative and offers a unique contribution to the developing field of energy humanities. The oil-field industry may seem to be all about numbers, but as Boom or Bust demonstrates, residents of oil-and-gas country, whether they work in the oil field or not, are at the mercy of an ever-shifting economy. When the price of oil rises, companies move in and newcomers flood the area, expanding the employment force. And as the population booms, so does the infrastructure of cities. When prices drop, though, families must make difficult choices: whether to stay put or follow the oil to another location. With the ensuing declines in population, small businesses close their doors and unemployment levels rise. Despite the inevitable declines and despite the increase in alternative energy resources, many West Texans feel a sense of pride that borders on patriotism. Boom or Bust reveals the full complexity of boomtown culture.
Categories: History

The Imam and the Indian

The Imam and the Indian

To write carelessly , in such a way as to appear to endorse terrorism or repression , can add easily to the problem : and in such incendiary circumstances ...

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 8175300477

Category: Egypt

Page: 361

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Here, For The First Time Is As Complete A Collection As Can Be Made Of The Prose Which Reveals That Relatively Unknown Amitav Ghosh: The Novelist As Thinker, The Man Of Ideas As A Writer Of Luminous, Illuminating Non-Fiction.
Categories: Egypt

Beyond Safety

Beyond Safety

Ghosh, A. (2007), Incendiary Circumstances, New York: Houghton Mifflin. Giddens, A. (2002), Runaway World, New York: Profile Books.

Author: Emily Johansen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501377020

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Beyond Safety argues that concerns about the ethical impossibility of individual safety in the face of risks with increasingly obvious global consequences alters representations of neoliberal contemporary life. As the climate crises in the Caribbean and Australia, ongoing European refugee and American border crises, and, most recently, anxieties about Coronavirus illustrate, contemporary life is characterized by global connections that produce and reflect precarious outcomes and dangers. The ability to ignore risk or shift it to others underscores the fact that it is mitigable for particular segments of society while inescapable for others. Emily Johansen investigates depictions of global danger and safety in contemporary transnational fictional and popular texts-those characterized by a narrative or representational emphasis on border crossing and global interdependences. She demonstrates how these texts use risk to question and re-imagine the norms and practices of contemporary global citizenship. Beyond Safety thus brings together three of the central keywords of contemporary literary criticism of the last ten years (cosmopolitanism, precarity, neoliberalism) and shows how their intersection allows for a fuller conception of contemporary life and imagines a new global future.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Indian Writers

Indian Writers

Incendiary Circumstances : A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times . New York : Houghton Mifflin . Kothari , Rita ( 2003 ) .

Author: Jaspal Kaur Singh

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1433106310

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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Indian Writers attempt to locate diasporic voices in the interstitial spaces of countless ideologies. The anthology provides a critical examination of dislocated diasporic subjects - those who have adjusted to the dislocation well, those who have chosen the hybrid spaces for empowerment, those who are dragged forcefully to various territories, and yet those who gleefully inhabit trans-local spaces. A wide range of voices raise these critical questions: How do we read these voices? How are the voices received in various locations? Are these voices considered Indian? Do they represent Indianness, or some hybridized version of it? What is an authentic cultural identity? What, ultimately, is Indianness, or for that matter, any hard-won national or ethnic identity? Additionally, as more female writers are being read, both in the global south and in the north, the reception of these texts, particularly in an era of globalization, and in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack in the United States, raises questions on how the «other», the subaltern, is represented and read. Some writers use an assimilationist approach to the cultures of the West to such a degree that they find Indian culture monolithically oppressive, while others continue to romanticize Indianness, yet others eroticize and ethnicize the east for western consumption. The authors of the essays in this anthology examine contemporary debates in postcolonial and transnational literary criticism in an attempt to understand the often complex and hybrid narratives of the diasporic Indian subject.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Pacific Century

Pacific Century

... incident that finally set the spark to these incendiary circumstances: the Chinese seizure of a ship flying the British flag (see box “The Arrow War”).

Author: Mark Borthwick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429974526

Category: Political Science

Page: 608

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This book examines the role of the international financial system in the development of Pacific Asia and, conversely, the region's growing influence on North America and the world economy. It looks at the distant future, being devoted primarily to understanding the emergence of modern Pacific Asia.
Categories: Political Science

Virgil Aeneid 2

Virgil  Aeneid 2

a fiery verb clearly in keeping with the incendiary circumstances (cf. Schwarz, 446); here cf. 311 ardet and TCD ardente patria ipse quoque ardebam furore ...

Author: Nicholas Horsfall

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047442158

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 672

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Introduction, text and translation, detailed commentary and indices to Aeneid 2 are here offered on a scale not previously attempted and in keeping with the author's previous Virgil commentaries (Aeneid 3, 7 and 11); the volume is aimed primarily at scholars, rather than undergraduates.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Writer as Migrant

The Writer as Migrant

Incendiary Circumstances (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005), 108. 42. Salman Rushdie affirms in his essay “Imaginary Homelands”: “It is normally supposed that ...

Author: Ha Jin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226399904

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 112

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As a teenager during China’s Cultural Revolution, Ha Jin served as an uneducated soldier in the People’s Liberation Army. Thirty years later, a resident of the United States, he won the National Book Award for his novel Waiting, completing a trajectory that has established him as one of the most admired exemplars of world literature. Ha Jin’s journey raises rich and fascinating questions about language, migration, and the place of literature in a rapidly globalizing world—questions that take center stage in The Writer as Migrant, his first work of nonfiction. Consisting of three interconnected essays, this book sets Ha Jin’s own work and life alongside those of other literary exiles, creating a conversation across cultures and between eras. He employs the cases of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Chinese novelist Lin Yutang to illustrate the obligation a writer feels to the land of his birth, while Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov—who, like Ha Jin, adopted English for their writing—are enlisted to explore a migrant author’s conscious choice of a literary language. A final essay draws on V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera to consider the ways in which our era of perpetual change forces a migrant writer to reconceptualize the very idea of home. Throughout, Jin brings other celebrated writers into the conversation as well, including W. G. Sebald, C. P. Cavafy, and Salman Rushdie—refracting and refining the very idea of a literature of migration. Simultaneously a reflection on a crucial theme and a fascinating glimpse at the writers who compose Ha Jin’s mental library, The Writer as Migrant is a work of passionately engaged criticism, one rooted in departures but feeling like a new arrival.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Governing Refugees

Governing Refugees

Ghosh, A. (2005) Incendiary Circumstances, New York: Houghton Mifflin. Giddens, A. (1984) The Constitution of Society, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Author: Kirsten McConnachie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135051341

Category: Law

Page: 200

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Refugee camps are imbued in the public imagination with assumptions of anarchy, danger and refugee passivity. Governing Refugees: Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism challenges such assumptions, arguing that refugee camps should be recognized as spaces where social capital can not only survive, but thrive. This book examines camp management and the administration of justice in refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border. Emphasising the work of refugees themselves in coping with and adapting to encampment, it considers themes of agency, sovereignty and legal pluralism in an analysis of local governance and the production of order beyond the state. Governing Refugees will appeal to anyone with relevant interests in law, anthropology and criminology, as well as those working in the area of refugee studies.
Categories: Law

Scale in Literature and Culture

Scale in Literature and Culture

In Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of Turmoil in our Times, 1–25. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. Ghosh, Bishnupriya.

Author: Michael Tavel Clarke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319642420

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 323

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This collection emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach to the problem of scale, with essays ranging in subject matter from literature to film, architecture, the plastic arts, philosophy, and scientific and political writing. Its contributors consider a variety of issues provoked by the sudden and pressing shifts in scale brought on by globalization and the era of the Anthropocene, including: the difficulties of defining the concept of scale; the challenges that shifts in scale pose to knowledge formation; the role of scale in mediating individual subjectivity and agency; the barriers to understanding objects existing in scalar realms different from our own; the role of scale in mediating the relationship between humans and the environment; and the nature of power, authority, and democracy at different social scales.
Categories: Literary Criticism