Posthumanist Nomadisms across non-Oedipal Spatiality

Java Singh, Indrani Mukherjee (Eds.)

by Debra Castillo (Cornell University), Sushmita Sihwag , Olivia Kurajian (McGill University, Montreal), Nicole Crevar (University of Arizona), E. Leigh McKagen (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Hamza Iqbal (University of Texas at Austin), Tonisha Guin (Forum on Contemporary Theory, India), Java Singh (Doon University, Dehradun, India), Shelby Ward (Virginia Tech; Tusculum University), Swagata Basu (Doon University, India), Prantik Banerjee (Hislop College, Nagpur, India), Ruth Prakasam (Suffolk University, Boston), Sanghita Sen (University of St. Andrews), Indrani Mukherjee (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India), Didier Coste (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, France), Antara Mukherjee

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The fifteen articles in Posthumanist Nomadisms trace a fascinating panorama on posthuman interrogations of nomad spatiality, with a special focus on bioethics. The collection questions the order of things beyond human agency, including different kinds of non-human entities -animals, jungles, deserts, oceans, problematizing hybrid, interstitial, intersectional forms of ecology. The volume emphasizes the materiality of human and non-human entanglements, exposing forms of agency with the potential to territorialize through nomad space and re-root over routes. This is a valuable contribution to the study of posthumanism as conceived from a decolonial perspective, including not only non-humans but also the narratives of those who have been dispossessed, displaced, stateless and homeless, all of which camp on errant and transitory spaces.

Dr. Asun López-Varela
Professor at Facultad de Filología
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

As an epistemological perspective, ‘nomadism’ is an emerging field of scholarship, offering intersectionality with eco-criticism, feminism, post-colonialism, migration studies, and translation. Much of the scholarship that uses the precepts of nomadism to read cultural texts and phenomena is scattered as separate articles in academic journals or as single chapters in books wherein the primary focus is the intersectional fields. Few book-length publications solely focus on the ramifications of nomadism; Posthumanist Nomadisms across non-Oedipal Spatiality fills that void.
The fifteen chapters in this volume explore the possibilities offered by the nomadic perspective to explore a wide range of literary and cultural texts; organized into three sections, “Nomadic Assemblages,” “Non-Oedipal Cartographies”, and “Space-Time Montages”, that work as one to negate absorption into the interiority of sovereign territory. These sections are not an attempt at corralling the nomadic spirit into separate enclosures; instead, they are bands of warriors that operate the violence of the hunted animal, dehumanized human others, and earth others. The chapters are in constant multi-vocal conversations with narratives that camp on the turbulent weathers of global transitory spaces. They charter real or intellectual turfs of interstitial/rhizomatic nomadic epistemologies as political resistance to the exclusionary practices of a violently wired world.
This book will appeal to post-graduate students, researchers, and faculty in the departments of literature, comparative literary and cultural studies. Researchers in sociology, cultural anthropology, gender studies, and migration studies will also find the material applicable to the expanding approaches available in their fields.


PART ONE: Nomadic assemblages

Chapter 1 Ambiguous mobilities: Nomadism, interpretation and action
Didier Coste

Chapter 2 The little grain that could: Nomadic incursions of amaranth in hegemonic territories
Java Singh

Chapter 3 The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem: Interactions between human and non-human species
Olivia A. Kurajian

Chapter 4 Adda as a cultural discourse of the Bengali bhadralok’s provincial cosmopolitanism
Prantik Banerjee

Chapter 5 Language (E)scapes: Linguistic diversity and integration of South Asian migrant women in Barcelona, Spain
Swagata Basu

PART TWO: Non-Oedipal cartographies

Chapter 6 Becoming a phantom people: Non-Oedipal spatialities, the Sunderbans and the bhadralok gaze
Tonisha Guin

Chapter 7 Postcolonial “Geography Lessons” from Sri Lanka: Travel, globalization, and diaspora
Shelby E. Ward

Chapter 8 The remnant of the journey’s anguish: Homelessness and errantry in the poetry of Nasir Kazmi
Hamza Iqbal

Chapter 9 A Woman’s Place: How the Domestic Space Shaped the Victorian Travelers’ Vision of the British Raj
Ruth Prakasam

Chapter 10 Towards a self-critical subjectivity: Tsewang Yishey Pemba’s White Crane, Lend Me Your Wings
Sushmita Sihwag

PART THREE: Space-time montages

Chapter 11 Killing time: Boredom and violence in Natalia Almada’s cinema
Debra A. Castillo

Chapter 12 Always explorers, never refugees: Adventure and manifest destiny amongst the stars
Leigh McKagen

Chapter 13 Cosmopolitanism in the face of im/migration
Antara Mukherjee

Chapter 14 Chicana Poetry and activism via digital communities in “Poem 25 ~ Giving Voice”
Nicole Crevar

Chapter 15 Chambal as nomadic in global and local narratives on Putli and Phoolan
Sanghita Sen and Indrani Mukherjee

Afterword Nomadic theory, again?
Didier Coste



Java Singh is a Lecturer at Doon University, India. She earned her Ph.D. at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and she also holds an MBA from the Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Dr. Singh co-edited Gendered Unbelonging with Prof. Indrani Mukherjee, and has also published widely in international journals.

Indrani Mukherjee is Professor in the School of Language Literature and Culture Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Professor Mukherjee’s most recent book is Gendered Ways of Transnational Un-belonging (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019), and she has published extensively in international journals.

Post-humanism, reconstitution, post-colonialism, honey-pot effect, transvestism, nomadism, bioethics, cosmopolitanism, opacity, oedipal, exile, errantry, imperialism, diaspora, slow cinema, displacement, mestiza, dacoits, infra-nomads, hyper-nomads, modernity, pastoralism

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Book Title
Posthumanist Nomadisms across non-Oedipal Spatiality
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
Publication date
November 2021