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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 3, July

"Animal Tracks in the Margin": Tracing the Absent Referent in Marian Engel's Bear and J. M. Coetzee's the Lives of Animals
Abstract: This paper considers Carol Adams' notion of the absent referent in Marian Engels Bear and J. M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals. I argue that both texts call for altered notions of reading and criticism that treat animals as presences but...
Disordering the Border: Harryette Mullen's Transaborder Poetics in Muse & Drudge
Abstract: This essay reads Harryette Mullen's epic poem Muse & Drudge as an innovative text of the US-Mexico borderlands by focusing on Mullen's literal and figurative transactions between multiple discourses, including Spanish, and the corresponding...
Nalini Natarajan. Atlantic Gandhi: The Mahatma Overseas
Nalini Natarajan. Atlantic Gandhi: The Mahatma Overseas. New Delhi: Sage, 2013. Pp. x, 248. Rp 695. In Atlantic Gandhi: The Mahatma Overseas, Nalini Natarjan focuses on diasporic nationalism as it applies to Mahatma Gandhi. Through scrutinizing...
Nostalgia for the Future: Remembrance of Things to Come in Doris Lessing's Martha Quest
Abstract: Historically, nostalgia has a bad name. But what might an oppositional, regenerative nostalgia look like? In this article, it takes the form of a "nostalgia for the future," a temporally-misoriented concept that is both a nostalgia for that...
Playing at Home: An Ecocritical Reading of Nadine Gordimer's the Pickup
Abstract: In Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup, Julie Summers follows the man she loves to his homeland, an unnamed desert country; leaves her comfortable cosmopolitan life behind; and finds a sense of place. Although the text superficially presents a simple...
Postcolonial Servitude: Interiority and System in Daniyal Mueenuddin's in Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Abstract: This article focuses on Pakistani-American writer Daniyal Mueenuddin's notable first collection of interlinked short stories In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (2009) as an example of an emergent wave of contemporary transnational fiction that...
Rajeev S. Patke. Modernist Literature and Postcolonial Studies
Rajeev S. Patke. Modernist Literature and Postcolonial Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2013. Pp. xxvii, 164. US$30.88. Rajeev S. Patke's Modernist Literature and Postcolonial Studies undertakes the important task of bridging the divide that has,...
Ted Underwood. Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies
Ted Underwood. Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013. Pp. 216. US$35.00. The title of this monograph seems to promise a slightly different book. An historical analysis...
Toward an Inoperative Civilization
Abstract: The unapologetic re-emergence in recent years of the term "civilization" in American foreign policy circles and best-selling books merits closer scrutiny. This essay examines two different views of civilization that have attracted recent...
Victor J. Ramraj
Scholars of postcolonial studies will be saddened to learn of the death of Victor Ramraj in August 2014. Born in Guyana, he completed his BA at the University College of the West Indies (London) in Kingston, Jamaica, and then continued on to graduate...
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