Transnational Literature

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1, November

American Self-Fashioning in Helen Foster Snow's My China Years
My China Years chronicles the remarkable exploits of Helen Foster Snow during one of the most tumultuous decades in modern Chinese history. When Snow arrived in Shanghai in August 1931, domestic revolutionary war continued to be waged between the Nationalists...
An Aesthetic of Education in the Era of Globalization
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, An Aesthetic of Education in the Era of Globalization (Harvard University Press, 2012)For over a quarter of a century, Gayatri Spivak's scholarship has remained at the forefront of postcolonial studies, pushing the discipline...
An Inquiry of Intentions in Kim Hye-Yong's 'First Meeting': A North Korean Short Story in Korea Today (2007)
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Critical inquiries are not settled by consulting the oracle.- Wimsatt and Beardsley1IntroductionIn 2007, Korea Today, a multilingual North Korean magazine available on the official Naenara (My Country)...
Becoming a Global Subject: Language and the Body in Xiaolu Guo's A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In public and academic discourses, it is the metaphorics of flow and fluidity that has most visibly dominated descriptions of the historical phenomenon we think of as contemporary globalisation. It has...
Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry
Toby Davidson, Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry (Cambria Press, 2013)The idea that poets may find a voice in mysticism should not be, on reflection, an alien concept. Both poets and mystics strive to express that which can never be expressed...
Cosmopolitanism and Subversion of 'Home' in Caryl Phillips's A Distant Shore
The works of Caryl Phillips have largely been approached from post-colonial theoretical perspectives, a trend which appears entirely appropriate given their recurrent themes of immigration, ethnic discrimination and the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave...
Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel
Raymond J. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel (Hordern House Rare Books, 2013)In 1503, the Frenchman Binot Paulmier de Gonneville set sail in search of a route to the East Indies. Lost in a great storm...
Entangled Subjects: Indigenous / Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity
Michèle Grossman, Entangled Subjects: Indigenous / Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity (Rodopi, 2013)Michèle Grossman's Entangled Subjects : Indigenous / Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity explores, as the very title...
Figurations of the Spiritual Squalid in Allen Ginsberg's Indian Journals: Transformation of India in Post-War Beat and American Imagination
Allen Ginsberg arrived at the docks of Bombay1 in February 1962 with one dollar in his pocket, enough for a taxi ride to American Express where he hoped to find royalties waiting for him, excited finally to be in 'the promised land' that he had dreamt...
Fragmentary Introspective Observations: Animals, Emotions and Location in John Kinsella's Poetry
Review Essay*John Kinsella, The Jaguar's Dream: Translations, Adaptations, Versions, Extrapolations, Interpolations, Afters, Takes and Departures (Alma, 2012)John Kinsella, Jam Tree Gully: Poems (W.W. Norton and Co. 2011)At present, the version of history...
From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain, 1820-2012
Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender, From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain, 1820-2012 (Monash University Publishing, 2013)Australian literary expatriatism is a cultural phenomenon that is widely accepted and often alluded to. The idea that Australian...
'How Shall I Be Saved?' the Salvation of Mrs Curren in Coetzee's Age of Iron
In announcing the selection of J. M. Coetzee as the Nobel Prize laureate in literature for 2003, the Swedish Academy wrote that Coetzee's works follow a recurring pattern: an investigation into the 'the downward spiraling journeys he considers necessary...
'Looking Back Is Looking Forward': Towards a Theory of Tradition in Niyi Osundare's Poetry
IntroductionIt feels somewhat odd, if not a bit heretical, to presume to talk of tradition in the work of a self-confessed socialist-Marxist poet, since, as we all know, the Marxist ideology does not countenance any form of atavism which some might take...
Mobility and Anxious Cosmopolitanism: Jamaica Kincaid's among Flowers
Eden is never far from the gardener's mind. It is The Garden to which we all refer ... and it is forever out of reach ... Vermont, all by itself should be Eden and gardenworthy enough. But apparently, I do not find it so. I seem to believe that I will...
Reading New India: Postmillennial Indian Fiction in English
E. Dawson Varughese, Reading New India: Postmillennial Indian Fiction in English (Bloomsbury, 2013)Emma Dawson Varughese's Reading New India is an introduction to the post-2000 Indian fiction in English published within India and an attempt to read contemporary...
Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies
Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies edited by Smaro Kamboureli and Robert Zacharias (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012)Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies is a part of the TransCanada series of texts devoted to exploring...
Storytelling Permutations in the Performance of Life Narrative Betty Roland's Caviar for Breakfast
...the storyteller knows how to make you long for the story to be true, that completeness. This longing is ancient, as you strain you know the longing of tens of thousands of years of humans in your body. That longing's even in the stones of the earth,...
The Burning Library: Our Great Novelists Lost and Found
Geordie Williamson, The Burning Library: Our Great Novelists Lost and Found (Text Publishing, 2012)Geordie Williamson won the Pascall Prize for Critical Writing in 2011. This prestigious award is given to an Australian who makes a significant contribution...
True Nations and Half People: Rewriting Nationalism in Alasdair Gray's Poor Things
Over the past two decades it has become something of a commonplace to refer to Scotland in the plural. Indicative of this trend are the 2004 collection of poetry entitled Scotlands: Poets and the Nation1 and the Scottish cultural journal, Scotlands,...
V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas: Critical Perspectives
Meenakshi Bharat, V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas: Critical Perspectives (Pencraft International, 2013)This volume contains 14 essays discussing different aspects of A House for Mr Biswas. Each essay in the collection examines the novel comprehensively,...
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