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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2-3, April-July

A State of Interdependence: Caryl Phillips and the Postwar World Order
Abstract: This essay examines Caryl Phillips' second novel, A State of Independence, suggesting that it is often left out of critical accounts of Phillips' career not only because of its formal simplicity, but also and primarily because of its ambivalent...
Empathetic Engagement in Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying
Abstract: In 2004 while fleeing upheaval in Haiti, 81 year-old Joseph Dantica died while being detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In seeking temporary asylum, Dantica became subject to regulations that can be assumed to have precipitated...
Hunger "Beyond Appetite": Nurture Dialectics in Toni Morrison's Beloved
Abstract: This paper traces the various manifestations of the hunger/ingestion motif in Beloved and its implications at the psychological and diegetic levels, mapping out the connection between hunger and storytelling as a form of resistance. At a...
Jennifer Bowering Delisle. the Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration
Jennifer Bowering Delisle. The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013. Pp. vii, 211. $42.99. As Jennifer Bowering Delisle argues, out-migration from Newfoundland...
Literary Cosmopolitanisms in Teju Cole's Every Day Is for the Thief and Open City
Abstract: This paper examines cosmopolitanism in Teju Cole's Every Day is for the Thief (2007) and Open City (2011). The protagonists of both texts maintain cosmopolitan identities largely by embracing an international literary culture in which elite...
Nancy Ellen Batty. the Ring of Recollection: Transgenerational Haunting in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande
Nancy Ellen Batty. The Ring of Recollection: Transgenerational Haunting in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. Pp. xlii, 305. $95.00 USD. Nancy Ellen Batty's The Ring of Recollection brings welcome, sustained attention to bear...
"Nothing in That Other Kingdom": Fashioning a Return to Africa in Omeros
Abstract: What are we to make of Achilles imaginary return to Africa in Derek Walcott's Omeros? Is it a rejection of Walcott's earlier theme of postcolonial nostalgia for lost origins? Does it lead to a different conception of postcolonial identity...
Phantasms of War and Empire in Pat Barker's the Ghost Road
Abstract: This essay interrogates the nature, limits, and effects of the juxtaposition of Great Britain and Melanesia that takes place in Pat Barker's The Ghost Road (1995), the final installment of the much-lauded Regeneration trilogy. Published two...
Postcolonial Trauma in David Bergen's the Time in Between
Abstract: Studies of postcolonial trauma investigate Cathy Caruth's contention that traumatic psychopathology, by virtue of its universality, can bridge cultural difference. David Bergen's The Time in Between tests this theory in relation to the Vietnam...
Resistance, Oil, and Awakening: Textual Responses to the Butler Strike and Its Aftermath
Abstract: The 1937 Trinidad oil field labor uprising, commonly known as the Butler Strike, has come to be seen as a watershed moment in the nation's history by the various poets and prose writers, indigenous and exogenous, who have sought to represent...
Subramanian Shankar. Flesh and Fish Blood: Postcolonialism, Translation, and the Vernacular
Subramanian Shankar. Flesh and Fish Blood: Postcolonialism, Translation, and the Vernacular. Berkeley. U of California P, 2012. Pp. xi, 185. US$39.95. In a very thoughtful, timely, and perceptive book, Subramanian Shankar reexamines the status and...
The Multiple Faces of Patriarchy: Nawal El-Saadawi's Two Women in One as a Critique of Muslim Culture
Abstract: Nawal el-Saadawi is an internationally acclaimed feminist who has published several works, both fictional and nonfictional, which reflect the extent to which women in Egyptian society are oppressed by patriarchy. Patriarchy by its very nature...
"The Whole Root Is Somewhere in the Music": Jazz, Soul, and Literary Influence in James Baldwin and Caryl Phillips
Abstract: This article discusses the contemporary British Caribbean writer Caryl Phillips and the twentieth-century African-American writer James Baldwin within a comparative framework that speaks to the expanding issue of international (and transnational)...
Vivek Chibber. Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital
Vivek Chibber. Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. London; Verso, 2013. Pp. xii, 306. US $29.95. The call of the Subaltern Studies Project, formed by Ranajit Guha in 1982 and influenced by Marxist historical practice, to recover a "bottom...
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