International Fiction Review

Journal covering fiction and reviews worldwide.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1-2, January

German Minority Literature: Tongues Set Free & Pointed Tongues
When Elias Canetti--polyglot, author, Spanish-speaking, Bulgarian-born Jew, and 1981 Nobel laureate--wrote his 1977 autobiographical novel The Tongue Set Free, from which the title of this article is taken, he could have had no inkling that he would...
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Great War Narrative into Film: Transformation, Reception, and Reaction
It is a truism of twentieth-century European history that the First World War formed or, from certain points of view, deformed all aspects of European life. Certainly, the commemoration of that war occupied a central position in European thought in...
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International Fiction vs. Ethnic Autobiography: Cultural Appropriation in Mark Twain and Edward Rivera
Negotiating foreignness has been at the heart of two subgenres of American prose literature, international fiction dealing with Americans in the Old World and ethnic autobiography depicting the fate of newcomers in the United States. The former flourished...
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J. M. Coetzee and the Postcolonial Rhetoric of Simultaneity
Having published nine novels and won such prestigious literary awards as the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1980), the Booker Prize (1983, 1999), and the Jerusalem Prize (1987), J. M. Coetzee has become one of the most important late twentieth-century...
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Nawal El Saadawi's the Fall of the Imam and the Possibility of a Feminine Writing
The writing of Nawal El Saadawi(1) reminds readers that not all "democracies" of what we used to be comfortable calling the "free world" are quite as respectful of civil liberties as we often naively assume them to be. Saadawi was trained first as...
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Oral Tradition and Modern Storytelling: Revisiting Chinua Achebe's Short Stories
An exclusive preoccupation with Chinua Achebe's novels has somewhat decidedly deflected attention away from his work both as a short-story writer and as a writer of children's fiction.(1) The aim of this essay is to rekindle interest specifically in...
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Phoenix Has No Coat: Historicity, Eschatology, and Sins of Omission in Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path"
Unsurprisingly, Eudora Welty's short story "A Worn Path" has inspired many interpretations. Most critics, including Elaine Orr, James Walter, Peter Schmidt, and James Robert Saunders, assert the work as an optimistic depiction of its protagonist, Phoenix...
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Reading Bulgakov's the Master and Margarita from the Perspective of Hinduism
Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita (1966-67)(1) has been praised highly for both its literary merit and its spiritual significance. Many critical studies explain the complex nature of the interrelationship between the natural and supernatural...
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The Paradox of Globalization as an "Untotalizable Totality" in Salman Rushdie's the Ground beneath Her Feet
In his 1999 novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salman Rushdie explores the shifting cultural ground upon which identifies, nations, and empires are built. In its evocation of music as a "globalized cultural phenomenon,"(1) Rushdie's novel is at once...
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