PROGRAM DETAILS

Narrating the Impacts of Capitalism and Colonial Occupation in India 1765-2021

Instructor
Stacey Balkan
Category
Arts & Letters / History
W020222

Course Description

Join Professor Stacey Balkan to discuss her new book, Rogues in the Postcolony: Narrating Extraction and Itinerancy in India (West Virginia University Press, 2022). Rogues in the Postcolony is a study of Anglophone Indian picaresque novels that dramatize the impacts of extractive capitalism and colonial occupation on local communities in several Indian states. A materialist history of development on the subcontinent, the project considers works by Amitav Ghosh, Indra Sinha, and Aravind Adiga, each of which critiques violent campaigns of enclosure and dispossession at the hands of England’s premier trading company and its corporate legatees. In foregrounding the intersection(s) between landscape ideology, agricultural improvement, extractive capitalism, and aesthetic expression, Rogues also attends to the complicity of popular aesthetic forms with political and economic policy; so too, the colonial and extractivist logics that often frame discussions around the so-called Anthropocene epoch – those which tend to ignore the uneven histories of industrial development across the Global South.

About the Instructor

  • Stacey Balkan is Assistant Professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities at Florida Atlantic University where she also serves as an affiliate faculty member for the University’s Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative. She is co-editor of Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere (Penn State Press, 2021) and author of Rogues in the Postcolony: Narrating Extraction and Itinerancy in India (West Virginia University Press, 2022) as well as numerous essays on energy cultures and environmental justice including, most recently, “Energo-poetics: Reading Energy in the Ages of Wood, Oil, and Wind” (Revue Études Anglaise). Stacey’s recent work also appears in The Global South, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Global South Studies, Mediations, Social Text Online, and Public Books.

Upcoming programs presented by Stacey Balkan.

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One-Time W020222 Stacey Balkan Narrating the Impacts of Capitalism and Colonial Occupation in India 1765-2021

Wednesday, February 2: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm