ABSTRACT This article traces the uses of nostalgia in Amitav Ghosh's In an Antique Land. The all too common structural affinity of such nostalgia with discourses of purity and authenticity is challenged in Ghosh's narrative, where cultural hybridity, racial mixture, and economic exchange appear as privileged terms. Ultimately finding Ghosh's creative use of nostalgia to be politically inspiring, the essay questions which historical processes a nostalgic narrative may elide.
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