ghosh on closure

Sea of Poppies
Amitav Ghosh (2009: 391)

“It was not because of Ah Fatt’s fluency that Neel’s vision of Canton became so vivid as to make it real: in fact, the opposite was true, for the genius of Ah Fatt’s descriptions lay in their elisions, so that to listen to him was a venture of collaboration, in which the things spoken of came gradually to be transformed into artefacts of a shared imagining.”

Index: references to Ghosh in Reflexivity

Originally posted June 13, 2005

“I would produce my secret treasure, a present sent to me by a former student – a map of the sea-floor, made by geologists. In the reversed relief of this map [the students] would see with their own eyes that the Ganga does not come to an end after it flows into the Bay of Bengal. It joins with the Brahmaputra in scouring a long, clearly marked channel along the floor of the bay. The map would reveal to them what is otherwise hidden under water: and this is that the course of this underwater river exceeds by far the length of the river’s overland channel.
‘Look, comrades, look,’ I would say. ‘This map shows that in geology, as in myth, there is a visible Ganga and a hidden Ganga: one flows on land and one beneath the water. Put them together and you have what is by hard the greatest of the earth’s rivers’

2 thoughts on “ghosh on closure”

  1. Hi Steph, I know this is pretty out-of-the-blue, but I tracked you down through UMassWiki because I have seen you on there many times. Anyway, I was recently contacted by someone working for the Collegian who wanted to do some kind of project with UMassWiki but was unable to find contact information for Gordon Morehouse, and so he contacted me because I was an admin. Anyway it seems that Gordon has not edited on the wiki since April (very strange!) and that his facebook profile has disappeared. Do you have any contact information for him, by any chance?
    I am Katiej88 on UMassWiki ( and the person who contacted me from the Collegian is named Sean Sullivan (see GMorehou’s user page for evidence of that, if you’d like)
    Sorry this is so random! I didn’t know how else to contact you. Email me back at Thanks!! -Katie

  2. Hi Katie,
    I sent an email to the last address I have for Gordon. I trust he’ll get in touch with you directly if he receives it. I haven’t had contact with him for awhile myself.
    Your message is “out of the blue,” but the timing is coincidental because yesterday I was thinking about UMassWiki and how I can use it again in the future. It’s a fun archive of some of the teaching that I feel best about, because of the way that students stepped up to the challenges of making it work. ­čÖé

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