Writing Diaspora: Transnational Memories, Identities and Cultures

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Writing Diaspora: Transnational Memories, Identities and Cultures

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Edited by Asma Sayed

Year: 2014

Format: Paperback

 

This collection of scholarly articles explores contemporary diasporic literatures in multiple genres, including fiction, poetry and memoir, by authors from around the world and provides a critical examination of various literary articulations of diaspora and the creative construction of memories, identities and cultures in a transnational context.

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This book of scholarly articles examines the literary articulations of diaspora and the creative construction of memories, identities and cultures in a transnational context. Each chapter calls attention to the experience of diaspora which often encompasses negotiating hyphenated identities, hybrid languages and cultures, memories of ‘home,’ traversing many boundaries, both spatial and emotional, and the creation of multiple ‘homes’ leading to mixed feeling of loss and gain, and shifts between a sense of location and homelessness. The chapters elaborate on the work of contemporary leading scholoars within the context of diaspora. Taken together, the essays examine diasporic manifestations and writing from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Haiti, Japan, Mozambique, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and provide a critical examination of literature in multiple genres including fiction, poetry and memoirs.

Introduction
Asma Sayed

Esmeralda Santiago: Writing Memories, Creating a Nation
Anabela Alves

Toward a Poetics of Diaspora: The Case of Japanese-American Writer Karen Tei Yamashita
Claudio Braga and Glaucia R. Gonçalves

Transcending the Limitations of Diaspora as a Category of Cultural Identity in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck
Elizabeth Jackson

Chinese Writers in Exile: Eileen Chang and Gao Xingjian
J. B. Rollins and Paochai Chiang

Marriage Conventions in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane
Asma Mansoor

Migrant Voices in Edwin Thumboo’s Poetry
Eric Tinsay Valles

Diasporic Singularities and Global Cosmopolitanism
Jairus Omuteche

Religious Experience in Paulina Chiziane’s O sétimo juramento
Isabel Cristina Rodrigues Ferreira

Walcott’s Poetry: Portrayal of Broken Boundaries
Shri Krishan Rai and Anugamini Rai

Asma Sayed holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, Canada. She teaches and researches in the areas of comparative world literature, South Asian diaspora literatures in Canada, and Indian cinema. She is the co-editor of World on a Maple Leaf: A Treasury of Canadian Multicultural Folktales (2011)

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Awaaz Magazine

The materials in the book emerge from the work of the Cultures, Traditions, Societies interdisciplinary research and publishing project.