Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
Amitav Ghosh’s sea of poppies: A feminist perspective
Author(s): Nisha, Pratibha Tyagi
Abstract: Amitav Ghosh is a well-known Bengali Indian post modern author of English literature. He is a socially conscious writer with multi-dimensional personality as an anthropologist, sociologist, novelist, essayist and travel writer. He was awarded the Padam Shri by the Indian government in 2007. His Sea of Poppies is the first novel of Ibis trilogy; the remaining two are River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. This Ibis trilogy deals with the trade of opium between Indian and China by the east company and trafficking of labours to Mauritius. This novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Amitav Ghosh through his novels raises a number of issues. Discrimination against women is one of the issues he deals with in most of his novels. We can study his novels like The Shadow Line, The Calcutta chromosome, In an Antique Land, The Glass Palace, Hungry Tide and Sea of Poppies from the view point of feminism. In all these novels gender discrimination is a prominent theme. The paper aims to apply three historical phases of Elaine Showalter on Sea of Poppies.