Transnational Narratives from the Caribbean

Author: Elvira Pulitano
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317331281
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This book offers a timely intervention in current debates on diaspora and diasporic identity by affirming the importance of narrative as a discursive mode to understand the human face of contemporary migrations and dislocations. Focusing on the Caribbean double-diaspora, Pulitano offers a close-reading of a range of popular works by four well-known writers currently living in the United States: Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, and Caryl Phillips. Navigating the map of fictional characters, testimonial accounts, and autobiographical experiences, Pulitano draws attention to the lived experience of contemporary diasporic formations. The book offers a provocative re-thinking of socio-scientific analyses of diaspora by discussing the embodied experience of contemporary diasporic communities, drawing on disciplines such as Caribbean, Postcolonial, Diaspora, and Indigenous Studies along with theories on "border thinking" and coloniality/modernity. Contesting restrictive, national, and linguistic boundaries when discussing literature originating from the Caribbean, Pulitano situates the transnational location of Caribbean-born writers within current debates of Transnational American Studies and investigates the role of immigrant writers in discourses of race, ethnicity, citizenship, and belonging. Exploring the multifarious intersections between home, exile, migration and displacement, the book makes a significant contribution to memory and trauma studies, human rights debates, and international law, aiming at a wide range of scholars and specialized agents beyond the strictly literary circle. This volume affirms the humanity of personal stories and experiences against the invisibility of immigrant subjects in most theoretical accounts of diaspora and migration.

Transcultural Poetics and the Concept of the Poet

Author: Ranjan Ghosh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317576675
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Critiquing the politics and dynamics of the transcultural poetics of reading literature, this book demonstrates an ambitious understanding of the concept of the poet across a wide range of traditions – Anglo-American, German, French, Arabic, Chinese, Sanskrit, Bengali, Urdu – and philosophies of creativity that are rarely studied side by side. Ghosh carves out unexplored spaces of negotiation and intersections between literature, aesthetics and philosophy. The book demonstrates an original method of ‘global comparison’ that displaces the relatively staid and historicist categories that have underpinned comparative literature approaches so far, since they rarely dare stray beyond issues of influence and schools, or new 'world literature' approaches that affirm cosmopolitanism and transnationalism as overarching themes. Going beyond comparatism and reformulating the chronological patterns of reading, this bold book introduces new methodologies of reading literature to configure the concept of the poet from Philip Sidney to T. S Eliot, reading the notion of the poet through completely new theoretical and epistemic triggers. Commonly known texts and sometimes well-circulated ideas are subjected to refreshing reading in what the author calls the ‘transcultural now’ and (in)fusionised transpoetical matrices. By moving between theories of poetry and literature that come from widely separated times, contexts, and cultures, this book shows the relevance of canonical texts to a theory of the future as marked by post-global concerns.

Representations of Anne Frank in American Literature

Author: Rachael McLennan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317932595
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This book explores portrayals of Anne Frank in American literature, where she is often invoked, if problematically, as a means of encouraging readers to think widely about persecution, genocide, and victimisation; often in relation to gender, ethnicity, and race. It shows how literary representations of Anne Frank in America over the past 50 years reflect the continued dominance of the American dramatic adaptations of Frank’s Diary in the 1950s, and argues that authors feel compelled to engage with the problematic elements of these adaptations and their iconic power. At the same time, though, literary representations of Frank are associated with the adaptations; critics often assume that these texts unquestioningly perpetuate the problems with the adaptations. This is not true. This book examines how American authors represent Frank in order to negotiate difficult questions relating to representation of the Holocaust in America, and in order to consider gender, coming of age, and forms of inequality in American culture in various historical moments; and of course, to consider the ways Frank herself is represented in America. This book argues that the most compelling representations of Frank in American literature are alert to their own limitations, and may caution against making Frank a universal symbol of goodness or setting up too easy identifications with her. It will be of great interest to researchers and students of Frank, the Holocaust in American fiction and culture, gender studies, life writing, young adult fiction, and ethics.

Auto Biography across the Americas

Author: Ricia A. Chansky
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317337182
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Auto/biographical narratives of the Americas are marked by the underlying themes of movement and belonging. This collection proposes that the impact of the historic or contemporary movement of peoples to, in, and from the Americas—whether chosen or forced—motivates the ways in which identities are constructed in this contested space. Such movement results in a cyclical quest to belong, and to understand belonging, that reverberates through narratives of the Americas. The volume brings together essays written from diverse national, cultural, linguistic, and disciplinary perspectives to trace these transnational motifs in life writing across the Americas. Drawing on international scholars from the seemingly disparate regions of the Americas—North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America—this book extends critical theories of life writing beyond limiting national boundaries. The scholarship included approaches narrative inquiry from the fields of literature, linguistics, history, art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, pedagogy, gender studies, critical race studies, and indigenous studies. As a whole, this volume advances discourse in auto/biography studies, life writing, and identity studies by locating transnational themes in narratives of the Americas and placing them in international and interdisciplinary conversations.

Die Frau im blauen Mantel

Author: Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644037612
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Dies ist die Geschichte einer Frau. Und des Lastwagenfahrers, der sie für eine Hure hielt. Der Leute, die sie übers Meer schmuggelten. Und die des alten Mannes, den sie beraubte. Der Frau, deren Namen sie stahl. Es ist die Geschichte einer Mutter auf der Suche nach ihrem Kind. Sie nennt sich Ines, aber niemand kennt ihren echten Namen, ihren Geburtsort; nur das Ziel ihrer Reise ist bekannt: Berlin. Ob sie Geschwister hat, ob ihre Eltern noch leben, könnte keiner der Menschen sagen, denen die junge Afrikanerin auf ihrem Weg durch die Festung Europa begegnet. Sie erinnern sich, sie erzählen von ihr, der Frau im blauen Mantel, deren Haut hell ist und sommersprossig. Nach und nach, fast nach Art eines Kriminalromans, entfaltet sich ihre Geschichte und mit ihr die Geschichte der Menschen, deren Weg sie gekreuzt hat, die sie beschenkt, benutzt und in ihre eigenen Lebenslügen eingesponnen haben: des Straßenkünstlers, der sich in Ines verliebt, des blinden Mannes, dem sie den Haushalt führt – und schließlich des Kommissars, der bald erkennt: Die Wahrheit hat viele Gesichter.

Empire

Author: Michael Hardt
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593372304
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Nach einem Vierteljahrhundert politischer Theoriemüdigkeit haben Hardt und Negri mit ihrer brillanten, provokanten und heiß diskutierten Analyse des postmodernen Kapitalismus im Zeitalter der Globalisierung das Denken wieder in Bewegung gebracht. Der Hoffnung auf die politische Gestaltbarkeit einer neuen, gerechteren Weltordnung haben sie damit ein anspruchsvolles theoretisches Fundament gegeben. "Eine grandiose Gesellschaftsanalyse, die unser Unbehagen bündelt und ihm eine Richtung gibt, für die in der Geschichte der Philosophie das Wort vom 'guten Leben' steht." Die Zeit "Das Jahrzehnt linker Melancholie ist vorüber." Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Grenz berschreitungen

Author: Alfred Nordheim
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839422604
Format: PDF
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Als Zeitzeugen erleben wir derzeit dramatische Verschiebungen gesellschaftlicher, religiöser und kultureller Strömungen, während sich gleichzeitig die Grenzen von Fachdisziplinen - besonders angetrieben durch naturwissenschaftliche Fortschritte - verflüssigen. Das Buch ist dem brisanten Thema dieser »Grenzüberschreitungen« in den Wissenschaften gewidmet. Es vereint renommierte Autoren aus den Natur-, Medizin-, Sozial-, Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften in einem gemeinsamen Denkprozess, der die Entwicklungen anhand eines breiten Spektrums von Themenstellungen in seinen vielfältigen Facetten darstellt und problematisiert.