• Offshore cosmopolitanism: reading the nation in Rana Dasgupta’s Tokyo Cancelled, Lawrence Chua’s Gold by the Inch and Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger

    Author(s):
    Liam Connell (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    Contemporary literature, Globalization, Postcolonialism, Transnational literature
    Item Type:
    Article
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    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6N872Z8P
    Abstract:
    Following Ronen Palan’s The Offshore World (2003) Connell understands the central feature of the offshore as the‘bifurcation of the nation state’: the state splits itself in two by continuing to govern those areas that remain easy to legislatewhile surrendering to the international realm those which do not. Connell considers how the offshore can be understood as a form of cosmopolitanism, with a particular emphasis on the way that the obligations of the state are stretched toaccommodate foreign businesses, foreign capital and even foreign citizens. Yet, as Connell demonstrates, the cosmopolitanpromise of the offshore conceals the double nature of the nation-state which functions both as a node for discursivecommunity formation and, simultaneously, as cover for the evasion of any communal responsibilities that this might imply.Reading Lawrence Chua’s Gold by the Inch (1998), Rana Dasgupta’s Tokyo Cancelled (2006) and Aravind Adiga’s TheWhite Tiger (2008) Connell examines how the idea of national belonging struggles to survive in representations of theoffshore. In particular Connell’s analysis shows that the difculty that arises from trying to represent the offshore leadsthese texts to open up new perspectives on global capitalism by focussing upon its differential relationships to the state.
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