The Literature of the Indian Diaspora: Theorizing the Diasporic Imaginary - Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures (Hardback)Vijay Mishra (author)
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The Literature of the Indian Diaspora constitutes a major study of the literature and other cultural texts of the Indian diaspora. It is also an important contribution to diaspora theory in general. Examining both the `old' Indian diaspora of early capitalism, following the abolition of slavery, and the `new' diaspora linked to movements of late capital, Mishra argues that a full understanding of the Indian diaspora can only be achieved if attention is paid to the particular locations of both the `old' and the `new' in nation states.
Applying a theoretical framework based on trauma, mourning/impossible mourning, spectres, identity, travel, translation, and recognition, Mishra uses the term `imaginary' to refer to any ethnic enclave in a nation-state that defines itself, consciously or unconsciously, as a group in displacement. He examines the works of key writers, many now based across the globe in Canada, Australia, America and the UK, - V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, M.G. Vassanji, Shani Mootoo, Bharati Mukherjee, David Dabydeen, Rohinton Mistry and Hanif Kureishi, among them - to show how they exemplify both the diasporic imaginary and the respective traumas of the `old' and `new' Indian diasporas.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 22 mm
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