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Title: The mysteries of Mumbai : terrorism and banality in sacred games
Authors: Scott, Bede
Keywords: Humanities::Language::English
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Scott, B. (2019). The mysteries of Mumbai : terrorism and banality in sacred games. MFS Modern Fiction Studies, 65(2), 285-307. doi:10.1353/mfs.2019.0014
Journal: MFS Modern Fiction Studies
Abstract: Situated at the intersection of postcolonial studies, affect studies, and narratology, this essay explores the affective and aesthetic consequences of violence and criminality in Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games. I begin by discussing the minor crimes to be found within its pages, before moving on to address various instances of so-called exceptional criminality. The affective state that emerges out of this combination of the banal and the extraordinary, I argue, could best be described by invoking Sianne Ngai's notion of stuplimity, a conjunction of the stupefying and the sublime that ultimately infiltrates the very tissue of the narrative.
ISSN: 0026-7724
DOI: 10.1353/mfs.2019.0014
Rights: © 2019 for the Purdue Research Foundation by Johns Hopkins University Press. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
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