Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World - Vol. 2

Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World - Vol. 2

Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World - Vol. 2

Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World - Vol. 2


This second collection, complementing ASNEL Papers 9.1, covers a similar range of writers, topics, themes and issues, all focusing on present-day transcultural issues and their historical antecedents: TOPICS TREATED Preparing for post-apartheid in South African fiction; Maori culture and the New Historicism; Danish-New Zealand acculturation; linguistic approaches to 'void'; women's overcoming in Southern African writing; new post-apartheid approaches to literary studies; Afrikanerdom; postmodern psychoanalytic interpretations of Indian religion and identity; transcultural identity in the encounter with London: Malaysian, Nigerian, Pakistani; hypertextual postmodernism; fictionalized multiculturalism and female madness in Australian fiction; myopia and double vision in colonial Australia; Native-American fiction and poetry; Chinese-Canadian and Japanese-Canadian multiculturalism; the postcolonial city; African-American identity and postcolonial Africa; Johannesburg as locus of literary and dramatic creativity; theatre before and after apartheid; the black experience in England. WRITERS DISCUSSED Lalithambika Antherjanam; Ayi Kwei Armah; J.M. Coetzee; Tsitsi Dangarembga; Helen Darville; Lauris Edmond; Buchi Emecheta; Yvonne du Fresne; Hiromi Goto; Patricia Grace; Rodney Hall; Joy Harjo; Bessie Head; Gordon Henry Jr.; Christopher Hope; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Hanif Kureishi; Keri Hulme, Lee Kok Liang; Bill Manhire; Zakes Mda; Mike Nicol; Michael Ondaatje; Alan Paton; Ravinder Randhawa; Wendy Rose; Salman Rushdie; Sipho Sepamla; Atima Srivastava; Meera Syal; Marlene van Niekerk; Yvonne Vera; Fred Wah CRITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY Ken Arvidson; Thomas Bruckner; David Callahan; Eleonora Chiavetta; Marc Colavincenzo; Gordon Collier; John Douthwaite; Dorothy Driver; Claudia Duppe; Robert Fraser; Anne Fuchs; John Gamgee; D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke; Konrad Gross; Bernd Herzogenrath; Susanne Hilf; Clara A.B. Joseph; Jaroslav Ku nir; Chantal Kwast-Greff; M.Z. Malaba; Sigrun Meinig; Michael Meyer; Mike Nicol; Obododimma Oha; Vincent O'Sullivan; Judith Dell Panny; Mike Petry; Jochen Petzold; Norbert H. Platz; Malcolm Purkey; Stephanie Ravillon; Anne Holden Ronning; Richard Samin; Cecile Sandten; Nicole Schroder; Joseph Swann; Andre Viola; Christine Vogt-William; Bernard Wilson; Janet Wilson; Brian Worsfold. CREATIVE WRITING BY Katherine Gallagher; Peter Goldsworthy; Syd Harrex; Mike Nicol THE EDITORS: Geoffrey V. Davis and Peter H. Marsden teach at the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University, Aachen; Benedicte Ledent and Marc Delrez teach at the University of Liege.



"GNEL/ASNEL Conference Aachen/Liège, 3 June 2000"

NORBERT PLATZ: The idea of having this memorial meeting was born immediately after Joe Swann had rung me to tell me that Lauris Edmond had died. This was a couple of months ago. Following this phone call, I was trying to get in contact with Pete and Geoff asking them whether we could have a brief memorial in Aachen because Lauris Edmond did have so many German friends, some of whom would be attending the ASNEL conference. But it was an essential part of the original plan that we should open this memorial session to Lauris's both European and New Zealand friends as well, so that we could all share our recollection of this outstanding poet across physical and cultural distances. I am very pleased that so many people have followed Joe Swann's and my own invitation – both as contributors and as listeners. There is no agenda for this meeting. But we have agreed to commemorate Lauris Edmond by telling personal memories. Also, we are going to read a poem or two that may have gained a special meaning for each of us.

The first of Lauris's friends whom I am inviting to speak to us now is Joe Swann.

JOSEPH SWANN: Lauris's first visit to Germany was in 1986 for the Salzburg Conference held in Laufen and that's where we first met her, that's where we first met you as well, Janet, and Syd Harrex and one or two other friends from "Down Under." After . . .

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