The Art of Multiculturalism

Bharati Mukherjee’s Imaginal Politics for the Age of Global Migration

  • Roland Benedikter
  • Judith Hilber

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

About this book


This book describes what an “art of multiculturalism” could be and how in turn multiculturalism could be conceived as a form of art. It focuses on the early and middle work of Indian-born U.S. writer Bharati Mukherjee, in particular on her understanding of the “fusion” of literature and painting as a tool to inspire the creation of a “new global society” by empowering minorities through fostering and multiplying “differences in unity” and “unities in difference”. The book includes, in condensed ways, an explanation of Mukherjee’s use of ancient Indian painting techniques for postmodern writing; and it provides a short introduction to the relation between multiculturalism, postmodernity and “imaginal politics”. The book is written in an easy to read style accessible to all interested in the topic: high school and university students and teachers; those generally interested in the interface between literature, the arts and politics; and specialists in multicultural studies and global and international studies. The book is particularly suited to use in teaching. 


Fictional Work of Bharati Mukherjee Socio-Political Context of Mukherjee's Work The Tiger´s Daughter (1971) Goals of Mukherjee’s Work on Multiculturalism Methods of Mukherjee’s Work on Multiculturalism The Holder of the World (1993) Globalization and the Postmodern Condition Imaginal Politics Interdisciplinary Concept of Art. Exploration of Political Culturalism Massive Questioning of the Modernization Narrative Traditional Cultural Heritage Multitude of Local and Partial Identities

Authors and affiliations

  • Roland Benedikter
    • 1
  • Judith Hilber
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Advanced StudiesEurac ResearchBozen-Bolzano-BulsanItaly
  2. 2.Technical CollegeMax ValierBozen-Bolzano-BulsanItaly

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