Trans(in)fusion and Contemporary Thought: Thinking in Migration engages with Ranjan Ghosh’s concept of trans(in)fusion and critical theory. Trans(in)fusion reexamines critical thinking and considers how thinking across traditions and systems of thought can generate distinct interpretive experiences. The chapters not only analyze Ghosh’s work but provide insight into the authors’ individual positions and critical approaches.
Jayjit Sarkar is assistant professor in the Department of English at Raiganj University in India.
Preface, Jayjit Sarkar
Chapter One: “Clashing in the middle”: on the conflict of interpretations within a “liquid concrete,” Olivier Hercend
Chapter Two: “Every Kind of Trans”: Incommensurable Comparisons and Embodied Knowledges in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed, Emelia Quinn
Chapter Three: Trans-Image-Thinking of Multiplicity: Ranjan Ghosh with Alain Badiou and Gerald Murnane, Arka Chattopadhyay
Chapter Four: A hum-by any other name… a trans/in/fusionist literary phonoaesthetics, Heather H. Yeung
Chapter Five: Trans(in)fusing Translation, Mª Carmen África Vidal Claramonte
Chapter Six: Trans(in)fusions and Trans(ex)pressions at the Venice Biennale, 2022, James Martell
Chapter Seven: Towards a New Frame; or, Trans(in)fusing the Capitalocene into Neganthropocene Cultural Capital, Erik S. Roraback
Chapter Eight: Trans, Literature and Sahitya, Jayjit Sarkar
Afterword: Minima Theoria, Ranjan Ghosh
About the Contributors
One could apply to Ranjan Ghosh what Carlyle writes in Sartor Resartus about his archetypal philosopher: Ghosh’s unparalleled peculiarity is that he combines Descendentalism and Transcendentalism, both pushed to superlative levels of intensity, Theory plunging into its “Minima” while being exalted to “Maxima” reaching beyond the visible heavens… This double helix is analyzed with precision, intelligence and verve by eight superb writers gathered in this thought-provoking collection.
In their interdisciplinary engagements with intricate aesthetic crossings and mediations, the essays in Trans(in)fusion and Contemporary Thought: Thinking in Migration reach their readers at a very appropriate moment. Inspired by and reflecting further on Ranjan Ghosh’s ideas in his Trans(in)fusion, the scholars here gesture to a point beyond our polarized and categorical contemporary in thoughtful explorations of alternatives for critical thinking.
In this engaged and engaging volume, Jayjit Sarkar presents a range of essays on Ranjan Ghosh’s Trans(in)fusion. The essays are not just a series of observations on Ghosh’s important book, however. Rather, inspired by Ghosh and aided by his critical insights, the chapters of Trans(in)fusion and Contemporary Thought: Thinking in Migration are thoughtful and thought-provoking discussions of key issues in current literary and cultural theory. This book is a significant contribution to the ongoing transformation of literary and cultural studies.