Studies in the Literary Imagination

A semiannual scholarly literary journal, unique in that each issue is edited by one or more guest editors and devoted to a special topic or theme in literature. Covers a wide variety of topics from different ages and genres. Contributors are invited to su

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, Fall

Defilee's Diasporic Daughters: Revolutionary Narratives of Ayiti (Haiti), Nanchon (Nation), and Dyaspora (Diaspora) in Edwidge Danticat's Krik? Krak!
With the critical and popular successes of Edwidge Danticat's literary texts, Haitian literatures in the United States have found a new Anglophone feminist voice that sings of memory and loss, motherland and migration, as well as liminal spaces between:...
Dislocation and Desire in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night
"IN ANOTHER PLACE, NOT HERE" (1) Shani Mootoo's 1996 novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, highlights the violence at the heart of both sexual politics and colonization through the story of Mala Ramchandin. (2) Mootoo weaves together multiple histories...
Introduction: Caribbean Women Writers in Exile
A generally dated, albeit powerful and persistent, conception of "exile" is banishment from one's own land--a condition often associated with a form of punishment for crimes and political offense in ancient civilizations or, in more recent historical...
Re-Negotiating Racial Identity: The Challenge of Migration and Return in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven
I wonder if I will ever return--I light a cigarette to trap the fear of what returning would mean.... I am afraid my place is at your side. I am afraid my place is in the hills. This is a killing ambivalence. I bear in mind that you with all your cruelties...
Theorizing Spirit: The Critical Challenge of Elizabeth Nunez's When Rocks Dance and beyond the Limbo Silence
One of the seminal achievements of modernity has been that the subject of spirit--and by extension, spirituality--is no longer generally regarded as the exclusive province of organized religion. Both inside and outside of religious organizations, issues...
Triadic Revelations of Exilic Identity: Claire Harris's Fables from the Women's Quarters, Dipped in Shadow, and She
"Your World" Your world is as big as you make it. I know, for I used to abide In the narrowest nest in a corner, My wings pressing close to my side. But I sighted the distant horizon Where the skyline encircled the sea And I throbbed...
Writing Power: Identity Complexities and the Exotic Erotic in Audre Lorde's Writing
Audre Lorde is often cited as an icon for defining and asserting multiple identities in her life as well as in her prose, poetry, and mythic autobiography. Lorde has been tapped as a profound urban, American poet by academics, claimed as "foremother"...