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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, January

Body as Battleground: Acts of Ingestion in D'Aguiar's Feeding the Ghosts and Philip's Zong!
No other fundamental aspect of behavior as a species except sexuality is so encumbered by ideas as eating[.] Sidney W. Mintz (Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom 8) Ingestion represents more than just a biological necessity; it is an act through which the...
"From a Distant Witness" in Rome and London: Black Atlantic Temporalities in William Demby's Beetlecreek and George Lamming's in the Castle of My Skin
In Richard Wright's introduction to the first American edition of George Lamming's debut novel, In the Castle of My Skin (1953), he relates that "[o]ne feels not so much alone when, from a distant witness, supporting evidence comes to buttress one's...
Indians in Victorian Children's Narratives: Animalizing the Native, 1830-1930
Shilpa Bhat Daithota. Indians in Victorian Children's Narratives: Animalizing the Native, 1830-1930. Lexington Books, 2017. Pp. xxxi, 103. US$90.00. Shilpa Bhat Daithota's Indians in Victorian Children's Narratives: Animalizing the Native, 1830-1930...
In Memoriam Professor Geoffrey V. Davis
Readers of ARIEL will be saddened to learn of the death of Professor Geoffrey V. Davis, a scholar who throughout his career was a strong advocate for Commonwealth and subsequently postcolonial literatures. Geoff taught at Aachen University (Germany)...
Music and Latency in Teju Cole's Open City: Presences of the Past
I. Dissonant Voices in Open City In Teju Cole's novel Open City--a complex work about migration, transcultural violence, memory, and the arts--the narrator-protagonist, Julius, wanders restlessly through the maze-like streets of New York. Upon the...
Nomadic London: Reading Wandering in Sam Selvon's the Lonely Londoners and Ben Okri's "Disparities"
The nomadic city is the path itself, the most stable sign in the void, and the form of this city is the sinuous line drawn by the succession of points in motion. The points of departure and arrival are less important, while the space between is the space...
The Neoliberal Production of Cultural Citizenship in Ruth L. Ozeki's My Year of Meats
Ruth L. Ozeki's novel My Year of Meats (1998) ends in a confounding manner. Akiko Ueno, a Japanese housewife, seemingly achieves the "happy life" (214) she has always desired by immigrating to the United States with help from Jane Takagi-Little, an...
The Politics of Food and Appetite in Anita Desai's Fasting, Feasting and V. S. Naipaul's Half a Life
The novels Fasting, Feasting (1999) by Anita Desai and Half a Life (2001) by V. S. Naipaul share themes, character constellations, and structural characteristics. Both novels deal with sons who resist their father's dietary practices, who are raised...
Time: A Vocabulary of the Present
Joel Burges and Amy J. Elias, editors. Time: A Vocabulary of the Present. New York UP, 2016. Pp. ix, 372. CAD $38.80. The contributors to Time: A Vocabulary of the Present, edited by Joel Burges and Amy J. Elias, theorize time through pairs of linked...
TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics
Libe Garcia Zarranz. TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics. McGill-Queen's UP, 2017. Pp. ix, 178. CAD $85.00. Near the beginning of TransCanadian Feminist Fictions, Libe Garcia Zarranz proposes that her book, which draws on assemblage...
Writing Herself into Being: Quebec Women's Autobiographical Writings from Marie De l'Incarnation to Nelly Arcan
Patricia Smart. Writing Herself into Being: Quebec Women's Autobiographical Writings from Marie de l'Incarnation to Nelly Arcan. 2014. Translated by Patricia Smart, McGill-Queen's UP, 2017. Pp. 336. CAD$34.95 Patricia Smart's award-winning, self-translated...
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