Transnational Literature

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 2, May

33 ½ Fleurs
Ce que la mort fit pour la vie, la vie elle-meme le raconte.Jules Michelet, L 'insecte1.Ceci est un livre d'histoire naturelle, décrivant les formes élémentaires par lesquelles commence la nature (les cristaux, l'insecte, la femme, &c.)un livre sur...
Across the Seven Seas
Satendra Nandan, Across the Seven Seas (IVY Press International Publishers, 2017)Satendra Nandan's Across the Seven Seas is a thin volume of poems containing nine poems that speak of loss, nostalgia, memory, home, longing, grief, indenture and displacement....
A Gesture of Reconciliation: Partnership Studies in Australian Literature
Antonella Riem, A Gesture of Reconciliation: Partnership Studies in Australian Literature (Forum, 2017)Studying Australian literature, in particular Patrick White's novels, has been Antonella Riem's concern since at least the 1980s while her interest...
Almost Home
Hawally, Kuwait. 6 September 1997, 10:00 pmThe lights in the hall flicker before going out. Everything is swallowed whole by the soundless dark. I pull the covers, a net of safety, all the way over my head and squeeze my eyes shut in defence against...
Alternate Take
When they laid our father out, mwaice wandi,I want to say, I'm meant to say, soft lightplayed the skin of his spent face and the sobswere, of course, a jangling kind of song.If I could take you where the sandy earthmeets his final stone, tiled and off-white,we...
A Note on the Translation Process
My translators translate my poems as a labour of love. I either choose a poem that I consider 'important' to translate or a poem that extends the variety of poems that have been translated over the course our collaboration or I encourage my translators...
A Personal History of Vision
A Personal History of Vision by Luke Fischer (UWA Publishing, 2017)Human vision is itself an artifact, shaped by other artifacts, namely pictures, all perception thus being the result of historical changes in representation. An image can, then, signify...
A Poetics of Climate Change: Apocalyptic Rhetoric in Selected Poems from East Africa
Introduction:The written poetry of East Africa is significantly influenced by oral recitations, incantations and songs alongside which the genre thrives. Among other qualities 'deterritorialized from traditional orature,' to use Evan Mwangi's term,1...
A Proud Blemish
The year I graduate from size eights,learn to walk in the grown man's shoescontradicting the diminutive frameI parade across the Arndale estate:2step is an airborne sickness, infectingevery discerning cassette deck,after-hours wine bar, joy rider's car.Most...
Authorship and Generative Embodiment in Bahi?ai's Songs 1
IntroductionBahinai Caudhari (1880-1951) was an ardent devotee of Vitthal, the god worshipped by Varkaris.2 Her son Sopandev was puzzled when he learnt that she repudiated village kirtans, performances primarily in praise of Vitthal, at the age of sixty....
Between the Kindling and the Blaze: Reflections on the Concept of Mana
Ben Brown, Between the Kindling and the Blaze: Reflections on the Concept of Mana, with accompanying CD of selected readings (Anahera Press, 2013).Completed under a Michael King Writers' Centre Maori Writer's Residency (Auckland 2011), Between the Kindling...
Border Crossings
Border Crossings edited by Diana Glenn and Graham Tulloch (Wakefield Press, 2016)Border Crossings, as the name suggests, is a collection of essays that explores crossovers - between past and present, between reality and literature, between silence and...
'Both Feared and Loved, an Enigma to Most' 1: Zimbabwean Spoken Word and Video Poetry between Radicalisation and Disillusionment
The last decade saw an extraordinary increase in technology-based arts in Zimbabwe, especially among young urban artists. Across poetry and music the 'rapid development in electronic digital imaging technology' allowed for new creations that have expanded...
Cherry Blossom Cycling
It all began when my partner Roland and I were offered contracts teaching English at a university on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands in the Japanese archipelago. When I examined the map of Shikoku, I noticed that it bore...
Chichester and the Bhagavad Gita
An excerpt from Foreign Madam and the White Yogi a novel in verseAtlantic crossing by aira touch down at Gatwicka cockney Indian giving directionsa chrome train south to Sussexa mess of bags kids passengersa red brick city going greena journey winding...
Double Glaze
Steve Brock, Double Glaze (5 Islands Press, 2013)When we think of double glazing, a number of impressions spring to mind: solidity, strength, sensible sound-proofing. A double-glazed window is a barrier between cosy interior and natural, perhaps hostile...
East-West Literary Imagination: Cultural Exchange from Yeats to Morrison
Hakutani, Yoshinobu, East-West Literary Imagination: Cultural Exchange from Yeats to Morrison (University of Missouri Press, 2017).Yoshinobu Hakutani's East-West Literary Imagination: Cultural Exchange from Yeats to Morrison is a theoretical text. It...
Explorations in Critical Humanities: A Collection of Essays
Explorations in Critical Humanities: A Collection of Essays edited by Sreenath Muraleedharan K. & Devi K. (Viva Books, 2017)'Humanities,' as a discipline, has always been appreciated by the intellectual society, on the one hand, and has been castigated...
Finding a 'German' Voice for Courtney Sina Meredith's Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick
'Translation is always a shift, not between two languages but between two cultures .... A translator must take into account rules that are not strictly linguistic but, broadly speaking, cultural.'1This quotation by Umberto Eco serves as a starting point...
Frankenstein in Baghdad
Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad translated by Jonathan Wright (Penguin, 2018)Baghdad is rocked by war and Iraqis flee the city under the frenetic rampage of American occupation, sectarian violence, and a wilting economy. Hadi, a junk dealer and...
French Poetry: An Introduction
What choices have led to this selection of texts and voices? Of course, they are not motivated by any attempt at representativeness. This is a subjective cut in the French contemporary poetic matter: voices that, to me, put poetry in movement. The works...
From SENTENCE
4I hope to get by without knowing what we don'tlove: here is everything not clanging insideour cupped hands: wife with her evening crieschildren red from the sirens, a circle of conclusions toldto quiet down, a few coins to the side of the statisticThe...
From the Edges of Empire: Convict Women from beyond the British Isles
From the Edges of Empire: Convict Women from Beyond the British Isles edited by Lucy Frost and Colette McAlpine (Convict Women's Press, Hobart, 2015)Stories of convicts transported from Britain are familiar to most of us; however, little is known about...
Identity and Nation in Kazuo Ishiguro's an Artist of the Floating World
IntroductionKazuo Ishiguro was born in Japan and moved to England at the age of five. In his early years of school, he experienced what might be called culture shock, finding himself 'a curiosity in the playground' and adjusting to a new reality.1 The...
Interview with Kayo Chingonyi, Poet and Creative Facilitator
I first contacted Kayo Chingonyi, because I was interested in his work as a poet. While planning the workshop "Voices from the Margins," I was looking for a writer to perform as a part of the cultural event when I stumbled across his poem "Legerdemain"...
Irish Poets and Modern Greece: Heaney, Mahon, Cavafy, Seferis
Joanna Kruczkowska, Irish Poets and Modern Greece: Heaney, Mahon, Cavafy, Seferis (Palgrave, 2017)Where all voyages endThere is no way out.1Poets who travel and poems that travel, and lines upon lines in a magnificent intertextual and comparative journey...
Jamaica Osorio's Indigenous Poetics as a Challenge to Global Hybridity
On 27 February 2010 Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio was at university in Stanford, California as a tsunami warning sounded in her hometown of Honolulu. An 8.8 magnitude earthquake had hit Chile and 35 cities on the Pacific coast were on alert. Waiting...
Listening to the Margins: An Introduction
In September 2016, an international group of young scholars came together at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, to discuss their research projects in the context of the workshop Voices from the Margins: Societal Change and the Environment in...
Mumbai in Focus: Two Stories
1. Mental about MumbaiIt was an angry woman, Kitayun Dinshaw, who stepped onto Marine Drive, seeking relief from an issue that had whipped at her mind and made her heart ache with despair. Her city, her beloved Mumbai, was threatened by an underground...
Mystery Dinner
Earlier in the day, the streets of Tokushima had been jammed with cars on their way to, or in avoidance of, the annual marathon. Now, at five o'clock in the evening, there were just a few automobiles and fewer pedestrians. On the way to the entertainment...
On Translating Rimbaud's 'Villes' / Magic Lantern Slides
These are not so much translations as poems projected onto Rimbaud's 'Villes I' and 'Villes II' to cast light on his interest in imperial panoramas-a now-forgotten technology, in fragments scattered amongst his images-In 1781, William Beckford, 'the...
Oral Goes Viral - Reversing the Print Revolution
The last several years have seen an exponentially, indeed explosively, increasing global dissemination of spoken-word poetry in English - a genre which is being simultaneously facilitated and shaped by state-of-the-art electronic media. One case in point,...
Plane Tree Drive
Lynette Washington, Plane Tree Drive (Midnight Sun Publishing, 2017)Lynette Washington's Plane Tree Drive is a suburban street in the city of Adelaide. It's a long road, lined with cream brick houses and bluestone cottages, flats and housing trust homes,...
Re-Orienting China: Travel Writing and Cross-Cultural Understanding
Leilei Chen, Re-Orienting China: Travel Writing and Cross-Cultural Understanding (University of Regina Press, 2016)As scholar Leilei Chen writes in her introduction, although research into travel writing has increased greatly since the publication of...
Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late-Twentieth-Century Greek American and Italian American Literature
Theodora D. Patrona, Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late-Twentieth-Century Greek American and Italian American Literature (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017)Return Narratives: Ethnic Space in Late-Twentieth-Century Greek American and Italian...
Revisiting History and Reconstructing New Forms of Belonging and Identity in Kamila Shamsie's Salt and Saffron
IntroductionAs a study of Kamila Shamsie's Salt and Saffron (2000), this article will argue that the novel revisits South Asian history while deconstructing the periodisation of South Asian historiography and its narration in terms of the stories of...
Revisiting India's Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics
Revisiting India's Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics edited by Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola (Lexington Books, 2016)Sixty-nine years after partition, this book studies the subject that has haunted the subcontinent...
Rimbaud's Cities II / Magic Lantern Slides
-themselves are cities- For those who live in them, imcomprehensible mountains-an empire's names-remake themselves in light- Afloat in distance, on its high peaks, steeprooved houses, their dazzling windows, slide sideways now on rails- Its soundless...
Rimbaud's Cities I / Magic Lantern Slides
Its true acropolis, beyond the wildest ambitions of latter-day barbarism- Indescribably bleak, this day it makes- Immoveable clouds, imperial mansions built on lasting snow- With a fetish for the grandiose, they've reproduced catalogues- Every classical...
Saloon with View
I used to play with my hair when I was young and the constant curling and twirling made it stick up like a cocky's crest. My family joked about it, and my father warned that he would take me for a 'crew-cut' if I continued the practice. His threats didn't...
Space, Transformation and Identity in E.M. Forster's A Passage to India and Ahdaf Soueif's the Map of Love
IntroductionThe ability to possess, command and take control of urban space allows the coloniser to establish control, and consequently, achieve hegemony. Creating an urban identity allows the coloniser to create a social setting that conveys a specific...
Star Struck
David McCooey, Star Struck (UWA Publishing, 2016).'Star Struck' is an anthology that can be described as atmospheric. Befitting this theme, the opening poem 'This Voice' (title page), introduces us to McCooey's contemplative, ambient, and visually emergent...
Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature
Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature edited by Nicholas Birns, Nicole Moore and Sarah Shieff(MLA, 2017)Many collections purporting to discuss teaching strategies end up as sets of standard readings of texts. This one manages to keep a fairly...
The Courage Season
The days. You try to settle them in diaries, but they can't beHerded, tamed. They're here to counter, perhaps bestEach chess move, your ability to push out from dead corners.Curiosity, action and laughter are contagious as are theirOpposites. At crucial...
The Fabulous Feminist: A Suniti Namjoshi Reader
Suniti Namjoshi, The Fabulous Feminist: A Suniti Namjoshi Reader (Spinifex Press, 2012)Suniti Namjoshi's fables are lessons conveyed in poetry and fairy tales. She fills her magical world with all kinds of creatures: blue donkeys and one-eyed monkeys,...
The Hatred of Literature
William Marx, The Hatred of Literature, translated by Nicholas Elliott (Belknap Press, 2018)Thanks to Nicholas Elliott's fine translating skills, and only three years after its initial publication at Presses de Minuit, The Hatred of Literature (La haine...
The Life to Come
Michelle de Kretser, The Life to Come (Allen & Unwin, 2017)The Life to Come is the product of a ferociously intelligent, formidably ambitious, and prodigiously gifted author. It is the fifth novel by Sri-Lankan born Michelle de Kretser, although...
The Power of Nothing(s): Parahumanity and Erasure in Indra Sinha's Animal's People
Indra Sinha's 2007 novel Animal's People, a fictionalised account of the legacy of the Bhopal industrial disaster (1984), centres on a young man who has been physically altered by a large-scale chemical spill that killed thousands and leftcountless more...
The Struggle for Identity and the Need for Documenting History in Junot Díaz's the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
1. IntroductionThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008) by Junot Díaz includes important ideas about the situations and struggles that Dominican diasporic individuals in the United States experience. Through the description of the lives of a Dominican-American...
The West-Eastern Divan of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Review of The West-Eastern Divan of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated from the German by Robert Martin (Wakefield Press 2016)In the West-Eastern Divan of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Goethe (1749-1832) pretends to be a Middle Eastern poet. It is...
'This Is Me, Anonymous, Water's Soliloquy': The River's Voice as a Coalescence of Humankind and Nature in Alice Oswalds's Dart
The fact that the relation between humankind and nature is becoming increasingly precarious constitutes a predicament of which literature has been aware for quite some time now. In her long poem Dart, for example, the contemporary poet Alice Oswald draws...
'Trans-Cultural Exchange': Reframing Historical Metanarratives in Ishtiyaq Shukri's the Silent Minaret
IntroductionIn The Silent Minaret, a 2005 novel by South African author Ishtiyaq Shukri, the reader is required to investigate the disappearance of Issa Shamsuddin, a South African PhD student who vanishes mysteriously from London shortly after the 2003...
Translating Trauma in Khaled Hosseini's the Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini, World Literature and the Post-9/11 NovelThe Kite Runner emerged in the post-9/11 period as an example of world literature that challenged the rhetoric legitimising the invasion of Afghanistan. World literature is defined by the Warwick...
Two Poems
HomeGod, guide the weary poor back homeOh lead our erring thoughts back homeSoul, guest of my rotting flesh, have patienceIn time you'll be free to soar back homeWield a quick yielding touch my shipAnd over the waves be borne back homeFrom the earth's...
Zorami A Redemption Song
Malsawmi Jacob, Zorami A Redemption Song (Morph Books, 2015)Malsawmi Jacob's novel Zorami: A Redemption Story is quite an engaging work of literary fiction. It is set against the background of the 1960s troubles known as 'ram buai' meaning 'disturbance...
Zorra
Just evolving. A heavy heart which time will lighten. The word silence hanging from the trees and the word rose planted in the open ground. Children's ears cleaned by a bath of herbs and fields if you would like to sit. We are not linear. No entry in...
Zorroyère
Juste évolutive. Avec un coeur serré que le temps desserrera. Le mot silence accroché dans les arbres et le mot rose planté en pleine terre. Des oreilles d'enfants nettoyées par un bain d'herbes et de champ si tu veux bien t'asseoir. Nous ne sommes pas...
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