Writing Across Worlds

Author: John Connell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134846401
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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International migration has long been a dominant feature of world literature from both post-industrial and developing countries. The increasing demands of the global economic system and continued political instability in many of the world's region have highlighted this shifting map of the world's peoples. Yet, political concern for the larger scale economic and social impact of migration has effectively obscured the nature of the migratory nature of the migratory experience itself, the emotions and practicalities of departure, travel, arrival and the attempt to rebuild a home. Writing Across Worlds explores an extraordinary range of migration literaturesm from letters and diaries to journalistic articles, autobiographies and fiction, in order to analyse the reality of the migrant's experience. The sheer range of writings - Irish, Friulian, Italian, Jewish and South Asian British, Gastarbeiter literature from Germany, Pied noir, French-Algerian and French West Indian writing, Carribbean novels, Slovene emigrant texts, Japanese-Canadian writing, migration in American novels, narratives from Australia, South Africa, Samoa and others - illustrate the diversity of global migratory experience and emphasise the social context of literature. The geographic and literary range of Writing Across Worlds makes this collection an invaluable analysis of migration, giving voice to the hope, pain, nostalgia and triumph of lives lived in other places.

Small Worlds Global Lives

Author: Russell King
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781855675483
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Geologists, most from Australia and Britain but with some outliers from continental Europe and North America, focus on small islands, where the scarcity of people and resources make migration substantially important socially and economically. The topics include the Azores; historical, cultural, and literary perspectives on emigration from the minor islands of Ireland; Nevis and the post-war labor movement in Britain; islands and the migration experience in the fiction of Jamaica Kincaid; from dystopia to utopia on Norfolk Island; Tongans online; the changing contours of migrant Samoan kinship; and finding a retirement place in sunny Corfu.

Mapping World Literature

Author: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441156488
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Mapping World Literature explores the study of literature and literary history in light of global changes, looking at what defines world literature in the 21st century. Surveying ideas of literature from Goethe to the present, Thomsen devises a compelling concept of literary constellations. He discusses a wide-range of critical positions, identifies the limits of comparative and post-colonial approaches and examines two specific cases: literature written by migrant writers and the literature of genocide, war and disaster. Mapping World Literature captures new ways of understanding the patterns and trends that emerge in literature, opening up and inspiring research to map patterns in the field.

Migration

Author: Michael Samers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135195048
Format: PDF
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Migration is an advanced, yet accessible, introduction to migration and immigration in a global context. It offers a critical, multi-disciplinary approach to the subject, borrowing from human geography, political science, social anthropology and sociology. However, unlike other broad volumes on the subject, it emphasizes a theoretical and conceptual approach to the study of migration. Specifically, Migration adopts a unique geographical approach by employing spatial concepts such as place, scale, and territory. Using these spatial concepts, the author argues that most studies of migration begin with either an undue emphasis on nation-states as a lens on migration or on the contrary rely on exaggerated notions of trans-nationalism. Migration neither neglects the importance of nation states nor the significance of transnationalism, but it focuses on how local contexts matter to migration. The book covers such topics as migration categories, the explanation of different forms of migration, migration and employment, the geopolitics of migration and immigration and citizenship, rights, and belonging. This text is not simply an encyclopaedic overview of migration theories, trends and facts; rather, it is designed to have lasting intellectual value by providing particular arguments in each theme-based chapter. While it advocates certain arguments, it is also clearly written in an engaging and accessible manner for an undergraduate audience. Its clear structure is complemented by a combination of pedagogical features, such as case-study boxes, summary questions at the end of each chapter and a glossary. The book is designed for courses and modules on migration and immigration at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and both students and academics will find it exceptionally useful.

Widows in White

Author: Linda Reeder
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802085252
Format: PDF, ePub
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Tracing the changing notions of female and male in rural Sicily, Linda Reeder examines the lives of rural Sicilian women and the changes that took place as a result of male migration to the United States.

The Writer as Migrant

Author: Ha Jin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226399907
Format: PDF
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As a teenager during China’s Cultural Revolution, Ha Jin served as an uneducated soldier in the People’s Liberation Army. Thirty years later, a resident of the United States, he won the National Book Award for his novel Waiting, completing a trajectory that has established him as one of the most admired exemplars of world literature. Ha Jin’s journey raises rich and fascinating questions about language, migration, and the place of literature in a rapidly globalizing world—questions that take center stage in The Writer as Migrant, his first work of nonfiction. Consisting of three interconnected essays, this book sets Ha Jin’s own work and life alongside those of other literary exiles, creating a conversation across cultures and between eras. He employs the cases of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Chinese novelist Lin Yutang to illustrate the obligation a writer feels to the land of his birth, while Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov—who, like Ha Jin, adopted English for their writing—are enlisted to explore a migrant author’s conscious choice of a literary language. A final essay draws on V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera to consider the ways in which our era of perpetual change forces a migrant writer to reconceptualize the very idea of home. Throughout, Jin brings other celebrated writers into the conversation as well, including W. G. Sebald, C. P. Cavafy, and Salman Rushdie—refracting and refining the very idea of a literature of migration. Simultaneously a reflection on a crucial theme and a fascinating glimpse at the writers who compose Ha Jin’s mental library, The Writer as Migrant is a work of passionately engaged criticism, one rooted in departures but feeling like a new arrival.

American fictionary

Author: Sladja Blazan
Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter
ISBN:
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Ausgangspunkt dieser Untersuchung war die Frage nach postsozialistischen literarischen Themen in einem gegenwartigen amerikanischen Kontext. Es wurden Texte analysiert, die sich mit der komplexen Geschichte der Beendigung des Blockstaatensystems in literarischer Form auseinandersetzen. Die Recherche ergab einen wiederholenden Rekurs auf den Begriff "Osteuropa." Ohne vorab zu definieren, wofur "osteuropaisch" im amerikanischen Kontext stehen soll, wurde anhand der entsprechende Texte analysiert, was damit bezeichnet wird. Gleichzeitig bestand eine Aufgabe darin, die Grunde fur den auffallend fehlenden postsozialistischen Diskurs in der amerikanischen Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft zu erkunden. Funfzehn Jahre nach der ersten Veranderung der politischen Weltkarte bleibt dieser Diskurs gespenstisch still; das Gespenst kursiert jedoch durch Romane mit "osteuropaischem" Bezug, literarische Studien zu "osteuropaischen" Landern oder Anthologien zu "osteuropaischen" Themen. American Fictionary handelt von solchen Gespenstern.

Atlas of Human Migration

Author: Russell King
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
ISBN: 9781554072873
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A chronological history of the migration of humans from prehistoric times onward discusses the causes, means, and effects of mass migrations on language, societies, and empires.