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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1, January

A Sea of Stories: Islands as Shima in Rattawut Lapcharoensap's Sightseeing
Rattawut Lapcharoensap, born in Chicago in 1979 to a Thai family fleeing the military crackdown on leftists in their home country, and raised and educated both in Bangkok (1982-1987 and 1990-1995) and the U.S., stresses that he wrote the stories in...
Auto/biographer, Historian, Griot: Measures of Realism and the Writing of History in Helon Habila's Measuring Time
So he sat and waited like he had done most of his life, waited for the dark patches to make sense, for the jigsaw pieces to form a pattern. (Habila 359-60) Narrating the relationship between the personal and the public has been the central impulse...
Catherine Owen's "Dodo" as Animal Rights Theory
Western imperial culture burdens Canadian society with an unjust hierarchy of animals. Thinkers implicitly use hierarchy to arrange animals along a "chain of being," from creatures worthy to exist, to unworthy expendable victims. The justifications...
"Hedging on Destiny": History and Its Marxist Dimension in the Early Fiction of Christina Stead
"We hedge on destiny" (216), remarks one of the financial sharks in House of All Nations, meaning at its simplest that our success depends on double-guessing the outcome of events, or historical processes: a form of analytical divination of considerable...
Intellectual Rape: The Image of the Political Prisoner in the Egyptian Novel
We are born in a strange age, one where chose possessing enlightened minds and truthful hearts are driven into prisons and persecuted for their viewpoints. In Egypt and elsewhere, writing fiction, poetry, and drama is considered a crime, a crime in...
Notes from the Editor: Politics, Ethics and Postcoloniality
The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is theatre artist Mike Daisey's new performance monologue. The title might seem to point to a biographical story about the charismatic CEO who has led Apple Corporation through difficult periods to become the darling...
On Beauty and Doing Justice to Art: Aesthetics and Ethics in Zadie Smith's on Beauty
The truth is, surely, that every variety of literary style attempts to enact in us a way of seeing, of reading, and this is never less than an ethical strategy: 'We have to find meters whose scales are unknown in the world, draw our own schematics,...
Through Their Voices She Found Her Voice: Women in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Introduction On January 20, 1996 the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil enacted Law #9394, which was a first attempt to recover the history and contribution of Africans and African-descendants in the construction of the Brazilian nation....
What Cost Abjection for the Sake of the Nation? Conceptualizing Normativity in the Works of William Saroyan and Ruskin Bond
Having lost his father at the age of three and being pitchforked into an Oakland orphanage, away from his mother, for the next five years, the Armenian American author, William Saroyan (1908-81), appears never to have quite outgrown a trace of psychological...
Yearning for Utopia: Earth, Body, Deviance and Festive-Carnival Failure in Cereus Blooms at Night
"Eden and Gehenna laced together ..." LeGrace Benson (100) "Apocalypse is the single most powerful master metaphor that the contemporary environmental imagination has at its disposal." Lawrence Buell (285) I. Caribbean Carnival: Providing...