What a wonderful (post-apocalyptic) world: representations of India and the West in Ramayan 3392 AD

João Pedro Oliveira*

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Abstract

The comics Ramayan 3392 AD are the only major futuristic adaptation of the Indian epic Rāmāyaṇa. Scholars have stated that the Indian element in the comics has been effaced so that the series could cater for international audiences versed on American pop culture. However, global concepts have often been appropriated by contemporary Indian nationalistic discourses. I analyse Ramayan 3392 AD through discourse analysis and the frameworks of Orientalism and re-Orientalism to conclude that, even though globalised, the elements in Ramayan 3392 AD create antithetical representations of India and the West.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Graphic Novels and Comics
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 May 2024

Keywords

  • Amish Tripathi
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Indian nationalism
  • Orientalism
  • Ramayan 3392 AD
  • Rāmāyaṇa

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