Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2014)
The treatment of nation and nationalism: A study of Amitav Ghosh’s novel the shadow lines
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to describe nation and nationalism by studying Amitav Ghosh’s novel ‘The Shadow Lines’. Our world is a place where old binaries are crumbling only to yield newer and formidable ones. The proliferation of theories like Postcolonialism, Multiculturalism, Globalization, Post modernism have upheld or defied national identities and boundaries. We can easily sense a crisis in nationalistic pinning down with destabilizing forces of Globalization diasporas, hybridity and multiculturalism invading the certitudes of nation and nationalism. We are living in the tempestuous uncertainties where the world is becoming increasingly footloose. The terms Nation and Nationalism despite their common usage, have always been enigmatic terms. The study of literature and the theories of nation and nationalism intersect quite legitimately on theoretical crossroads as the myriad affinities binding the two are obviously old and revealingly new. Nationalism is the love of one’s country and the desire to be free from other countries. The term nationalism can refer to an ideology, a sentiment, a form of culture, or a social movement that focuses on the nation. Oxford Dictionary defines nationalism as “Devotion to one’s own nation; patriotic feelings, principles or efforts”. A.K Kaul in “A reading of the Shadow Lines” observes that “in viewing nationalism as both an invention and forces of destruction”.