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Unloosened Forms, Untranslatable Concerns and Unformed: The Limits of American Notions of Race in Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies

Unloosened Forms, Untranslatable Concerns and Unformed: The Limits of American Notions of Race in... NaNdiNi dhar Unloosened Forms, Untranslatable Concerns and Unformed e L Th imits of American Notions of Race in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies In an interview with CNN conducted aer t ft he conclusion of his eight year presi- dency, Barack Obama, the first black President of the US, claimed that his reception among certain sections of the American society—especially Southern whites—was mediated through racism. 1 A few months later, his wife, Michelle Obama, made the same allegation. “Knowing that aer ft eight years of working really hard for this country,” she asserted in an interview with Lauren Casteel, the President of the Women’s Federation of Colorado, “there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color 2 E .” ven a cursory web search reveals the Obamas were the targets of vicious a b n lac ti-k racism, of the sort one would think the First Family of United States of America would be exempt from. Within digital popular culture, Obama’s visual representations oen r ft ecycled age-old stereotypes of apes and thugs. 3 In keeping with contemporary global Islamophobia, Obama’s images have also been juxtaposed with Osama bin Laden, thus http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Unloosened Forms, Untranslatable Concerns and Unformed: The Limits of American Notions of Race in Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies

The Comparatist , Volume 42 – Nov 19, 2018

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NaNdiNi dhar Unloosened Forms, Untranslatable Concerns and Unformed e L Th imits of American Notions of Race in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies In an interview with CNN conducted aer t ft he conclusion of his eight year presi- dency, Barack Obama, the first black President of the US, claimed that his reception among certain sections of the American society—especially Southern whites—was mediated through racism. 1 A few months later, his wife, Michelle Obama, made the same allegation. “Knowing that aer ft eight years of working really hard for this country,” she asserted in an interview with Lauren Casteel, the President of the Women’s Federation of Colorado, “there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color 2 E .” ven a cursory web search reveals the Obamas were the targets of vicious a b n lac ti-k racism, of the sort one would think the First Family of United States of America would be exempt from. Within digital popular culture, Obama’s visual representations oen r ft ecycled age-old stereotypes of apes and thugs. 3 In keeping with contemporary global Islamophobia, Obama’s images have also been juxtaposed with Osama bin Laden, thus

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Published: Nov 19, 2018

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