Voice to the Subaltern History: A Post-Colonial Study of Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies
Keywords:Subaltern, socially, politically, subordinate identity, marginalized
Amitav Ghosh is a well-known Indian writer best known for his historical fictions in English. He is a versatile writer who had won many awards for his works. He had written some fictions and non-fictions. The term ‘subaltern’ was coined by the Marxist intellectual Antonio Gramsci in his work Cultural Hegemony .The word ‘subaltern’ means the people who are socially, politically, and geographically excluded from a society’s well-established institutions. Ghosh has presented the Ibis Trilogy as a historical novel. The story’s background was set in the first half of the nineteenth century. The story revolves around the trade of opium between India and China run by East India Company and the trafficking of coolies to Mauritius. The Ibis Trilogy is an analysis merciless economic bullying through the stories of ordinary people whose lives are deeply affected and changed beyond recognition. The present paper tries to analyse this concept.
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