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標題: Fear and Love in the Tide Country: Affect, Environment, and Encounters in Amitav Ghosh's _The Hungry Tide
作者: 陳淑卿
Shu-ching Chen
關鍵字: affect;fear;love;the uncanny;eco-cosmopolitanism;slow violence;the Sundarbans;ecology
出版社: Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Project: Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Vol. 44, Issue 2, Page(s) 81-114
This paper examines Amitav Ghosh’s novel The Hungry Tide (2004) to explore
Ghosh’s dramatization of the affective impacts of a specific environment on
local subjects, and the role cosmopolitan subjects play in translating those
affects into knowable forms through their embodied and affective encounters
with the local. My investigation draws upon recent theories of affect—
negotiating between constructive and deconstructive views—and places the
discussion in a framework of eco-cosmopolitan connections. By invoking the
coexistence of the affects of fear and love, I seek to move beyond the concept
of the uncanny, exploring affect both as emotions and intensity generated by the
socio-ecological conditions of the wetlands. I take the affective encounters
between the locals and the cosmopolitans as a relational medium through which
modes of feeling and knowing on the part of cosmopolitan subjects can be
transformed. The uncanny of the environment experienced by the local can also
be translated into accessible forms through this medium, bringing into our
sensory ken the slow violence that is far away and out of sight and thereby
enabling ethical actions.
DOI: 10.6240/concentric.lit.201809_44(2).0004
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