Indian Ocean Studies: Cultural, Social, and Political Perspectives

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Famously referred to as the cradle of globalization, the Indian Ocean has received increasing attention from scholars. However, few have examined the 'human' dimensions of the ocean. In this volume, historians, geographers, anthropologists and literary analysts each address a specific human factor in Indian Ocean exchanges.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiv
Introduction: New Conjunctures in Maritime Imaginariesp. 1
Tabulation: Flying Carpets and Artful Politics in the Indian Oceanp. 32
The Indian Ocean and the Making of Outback Australia: An Ecocultural Odysseyp. 45
Abdulrazak Gurnah and Littoral Cosmopolitanismp. 73
Destined to Disappear Without a Trace: Gender and the Languages of Creolisation in the Indian Ocean, Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbeanp. 103
Commerce, Circulation, and Consumption: Indian Ocean Communities in Historical Perspectivep. 136
Shared Hopes, New Worlds: Indians, Australians, and Indonesians in the Boycott of Dutch Shipping, 1945-1949p. 158
"Signs of Wonder": The Postmortem Travels of Francis Xavier in the Indian Ocean Worldp. 197
Kuo Pao Kun's Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral and the Myth of Modern Singaporep. 229
"That Great Ocean of Idealism": Calcutta, the Tagore Circle, and the Idea of Asia, 1900-1920p. 251
"Is It the Same Sea As Back Home? ": Transformative Complicities As Travelling Tropes in Fictions from Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and South Africap. 280
Making Home on the Indian Ocean Rim: Relocations in South African Literaturesp. 298
A Travelling Science: Anthropometry and Colonialism in the Indian Oceanp. 318
Whiteness in Golden Goa: Linschoten on Phenotypep. 339
Power and Beliefs in Reunion Islandp. 360
Through Magical Flowers: Tourism and Creole Self-fashioning in La Reunionp. 374
Black Bagp. 397
Telling and Selling on the Indian Ocean Rimp. 403
Post-Orientalismp. 418
Contributorsp. 421
Indexp. 427
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