Diasporic Subjectivity and Cultural Brokering in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures
Diasporic writing simultaneously asserts a sense of belonging and expresses a sense of being 'ethnic' in a society of immigration. The essays in this volume explore how contemporary diasporic writers in English use their works to mediate this dissonance and seek to work through the ethical, political, and personal affiliations of diasporic identities and subjectivities. The essays call for a remapping of post-colonial literatures and a reevaluation of the Anglophone literary canon by including post-colonial diasporic literary discourses. Demonstrating that an intercultural dialogue and constant cultural brokering are a must in our post-colonial world, this volume is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discourse on post-colonial diasporic literatures and identities.
- Hardback | 196 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
- 16 Jun 2009
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Positioning Diasporic Literary Cultures Chapter 2 "Not Belonging, but Longing": Shifts of Emphasis in Contemporary Diasporic Writing in Canada Chapter 3 Canadian New Diasporic Writing and Transnational/Borderland Literary Identities Chapter 4 The Diaspora Writes Back: Cultural Memory and Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost Chapter 5 Translational Identities and the Emigre Experience Chapter 6 Between the Island and the City: Cultural Brokerage in Caribbean Canadian Short Fiction Chapter 7 The Child of New Norcia: Alf Taylor's Poetry Chapter 8 The Englishness of Maori Writing Chapter 9 The Afrosporic Migration of Genital Alterations to the New Europe: Trauma, the Law, and the Internet Chapter 10 Diaspora in the Family: Father and Mother Figures in Canadian Theatre Chapter 11 NirpalSingh Dhalival's Tourism: How to Exploid Diaspora and Live Happily Ever After
Diasporic Subjectivity and Cultural Brokering in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures should prove to be a central text for university courses in world literature in English and post-colonial critical theory. Focusing on writing that reflects the migrations of huge populations across the globe, the internationally recognized authors of these essays provide astute insights into the questions of identity and subjectivity within the framework of contemporary cultural continuities and disjunctions. Professor Maver has selected an excellent group of essays, and his fine introduction nicely situates them within the major concerns of post-colonial studies. -- Sydney J. Kaplan, University of Washington This collection of critical essays represents a wide-ranging and compelling challenge to accepted post-colonial inscriptions of transcultural experience in the contemporary world. -- J.A Wainwright, Mc Culloch Emeritus Professor Dalhousie University, Halifax McCulloch Emeritus Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax
About Igor Maver
Igor Maver is professor of English in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.