Summary Book Review Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing by Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo:
Download or read book Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing written by Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo and published by Rodopi. This book was released on 2010-01 with total page 307 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume brings a variety of new approaches and contexts to modem and contemporary women's writing. Contributors include both new and well-established scholars from Europe, Australia, the USA , and the Caribbean. Their essays draw on, adapt, and challenge anthropological perspectives on rites of passage derived from the work of Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner. Collectively, the essays suggest that women's writing and women's experiences from diverse cultures go beyond any straightforward notion of a threefold structure of separation, transition, and incorporation. Some essays include discussion of traditional rites of passage such as birth, motherhood, marriage, death, and bereavement; others are interested in exploring less traditional, more fluid, and/or problematic rites such as abortion, living with HI V/AIDS, and coming into political consciousness. Contributors seek ways of linking writing on rites of passage to feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic theories which foreground margins, borders, and the outsider. The three opening essays explore the work of the Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera, whose groundbreaking work explored taboo subjects such as infanticide and incest. A wide range of other essays focus on writers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. including Jean Rhys, Bharati Mukherjee, Arundhati Roy, Jean Arasanayagam, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, and Eva Sallis. Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of postcolonial and modern and contemporary women's writing, and to students on literature and women's studies courses who want to study women's writing from a cross-cultural perspective and from different theoretical positions. Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo is Head of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focus is on African literature (particularly Zimbabwean), contemporary women's writing, and postcolonial cinemas. Gina Wisker is Professor of Higher Education and Contemporary Literature at the University of Brighton, where she teaches literature, is the head of the centre for learning and teaching, and pursues her research interests in postcolonial women's writing.
Author :Arnold van Gennep Publisher :University of Chicago Press Release Date :2019-05-24 ISBN 10 :9780226629520 Pages :256 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.2/5 (952 users download)
Summary Book Review The Rites of Passage, Second Edition by Arnold van Gennep:
Download or read book The Rites of Passage, Second Edition written by Arnold van Gennep and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2019-05-24 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A CLASSIC WORK OF ANTHROPOLOGY—OVER SEVENTY THOUSAND COPIES SOLD With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winner David I. Kertzer Arnold van Gennep’s masterwork, The Rites of Passage, has been a staple of anthropological education for more than a century. First published in French in 1909, and translated into English by the University of Chicago Press in 1960, this landmark book explores how the life of an individual in any society can be understood as a succession of transitions: birth, puberty, marriage, parenthood, old age, and, finally, death. Van Gennep’s great insight was discerning a common structure in each of these seemingly different transitions, involving rituals of separation, liminality, and incorporation. With compelling precision, he set out the terms that would both define twentieth-century ritual theory and become a part of our everyday lexicon. This new edition of his work demonstrates how we can still make use of its enduring critical tools to understand our own social, religious, and political worlds, and even our personal and professional lives. In his new introduction, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and anthropologist David I. Kertzer sheds new light on van Gennep, on the battles he fought, and on the huge impact the book has had since publication of the first English edition.
Summary Book Review The Postcolonial Short Story by Maggie Awadalla:
Download or read book The Postcolonial Short Story written by Maggie Awadalla and published by Springer. This book was released on 2012-10-23 with total page 227 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book puts the short story at the heart of contemporary postcolonial studies and questions what postcolonial literary criticism may be. Focusing on short fiction between 1975 and today – the period in which critical theory came to determine postcolonial studies – it argues for a sophisticated critique exemplified by the ambiguity of the form.
Download or read book Women on Screen written by M. Waters and published by Springer. This book was released on 2011-02-08 with total page 243 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A timely intervention into debates on the representation of feminist and feminine identities in contemporary visual culture. The essays in this collection interrogate how and why certain formulations of feminism and femininity are currently prevalent in mainstream cinema and television, offering new insights into postfeminist media phenomena.
Summary Book Review The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction by K. Cooper:
Download or read book The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction written by K. Cooper and published by Springer. This book was released on 2012-10-29 with total page 241 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From The Other Boleyn Girl to Fingersmith , this collection explores the popularity of female-centred historical novels in recent years. It asks how these representations are influenced by contemporary gender politics, and whether they can be seen as part of a wider feminist project to recover women's history.
Summary Book Review Confining Spaces, Resistant Subjectivities by Kinana Hamam:
Download or read book Confining Spaces, Resistant Subjectivities written by Kinana Hamam and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2014-08-11 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book represents a significant contribution to academic knowledge, making a compelling case for a contemporary analytical re-reading of a number of “core” postcolonial women’s narratives, such as Erna Brodber’s Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home, Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood, and Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter. These narratives highlight diversity, contextuality, opposition, and metachrony, have a “generative literary function”, and anticipate what have now become postcolonial feminist issues and debates. Bringing together feminist writing from a range of postcolonial contexts, the book contributes to a field represented by the critical writings of Francoise Lionnet, Ketu Katrak, and Elleke Boehmer, among others. The deconstructive, cultural approach of the book is mobilised to support an in-depth literary analysis which focuses on female oppression, difference, voice, and agency. Questions of what it means to be “a woman” and to be “postcolonial” are read as central debates which emphasise “multi-vocal and multi-focal” female narratives and perspectives. That is, they highlight the temporal, as well as cross-cultural links and implications of the selected narratives, which give the project a kind of positive complexity and linkage. Above all, the analysis of several unconventional modes and (physical/imaginative) spaces of female resistance, such as prison, widow confinement, and madness, yields some surprising results that are sustained by a close reading of the texts which are not only attentive to questions of genre, structure, imagery and narrative endings, but also oppositional, instructive and reconstructive.
Summary Book Review Shared Waters by Stella Borg Barthet:
Download or read book Shared Waters written by Stella Borg Barthet and published by Rodopi. This book was released on 2009-01 with total page 412 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The present volume contains general essays on: unequal African/Western academic exchange; the state and structure of postcolonial studies; representing male violence in Zimbabwe¿s wars; parihaka in the poetic imagination of Aotearoa New Zealand; Middle Eastern, Nigerian, Moroccan, and diasporic Indian women¿s writing; community in post-Independence Maltese poetry in English; key novels of the Portuguese colonies; the TV series The Kumars at No. 42; fictional representations of India; the North in western Canadian writing; and a pedagogy of African-Canadian literature. As well as these, there is a selection of poems from Malta by Daniel Massa, Adrian Grima, Norbert Bugeja, Immanuel Mifsud, and Maria Grech Ganado, and essays providing close readings of works by the following authors and filmmakers: Thea Astley, George Elliott Clarke, Alan Duff, Francis Ebejer, Lorena Gale, Romesh Gunesekera, Sahar Khalīfah, Anthony Minghella, Michael Ondaatje, Caryl Phillips, Edgar Allan Poe, Salman Rushdie, Ghādah al-Sammān, Meera Syal, Lee Tamahori. Contributors: Leila Abouzeid, Hoda Barakat, Amrit Biswas, Thomas Bonnici, Stella Borg Barthet, Ivan Callus, Devon Campbell¿Hall, Saviour Catania, George Elliott Clarke, Brian Crow, Pilar Cuder¿Domínguez, Bärbel Czennia, Hilary P. Dannenberg, Pauline Dodgson¿Katiyo, Bernadette Falzon, Daphne Grace, Adrian Grima, Kifah Hanna, Janne Korkka, T. Vijay Kumar, Chantal Kwast¿Greff, Maureen Lynch Pèrcopo, Kevin Stephen Magri, Isabel Moutinho, Melanie A. Murray, Taiwo Oloruntoba¿Oju, Gerhard Stilz, Jesús Varela Zapata, Christine Vogt¿William. Stella Borg Barthet is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Malta. She is the author of papers and book chapters, mostly on Maltese, Australian, and African fiction. Her current research interests include North African and African-American writing.
Summary Book Review Memory, Trauma, Asia by Rahul K. Gairola:
Download or read book Memory, Trauma, Asia written by Rahul K. Gairola and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-01-29 with total page 182 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Contemporary Asia is a diverse and sweeping region throughout which traumatic legacies of colonialism persist as military regimes and dictatorships have produced untold human suffering. Countless losses of life have been caused by disease, revolution, civil war, and genocide from the distant past into the 21st century. A global pandemic, natural catastrophes, closed borders, and acute xenophobia render existing social and political tensions even more volatile today. As such, two critical imperatives of Memory, Trauma, Asia are to re-think established insights of memory and trauma theory and to enrich trauma studies with diverse Asian texts for critically analyzing literary and cultural representations of Asia and its global diasporas. This volume broadens the scope of memory and trauma studies by prompting and dialogically meditating on the following questions: Is memory always a reliable register of the past? Is trauma a concept that translates across cultures? Can pain and affect have global applicability and utility for literary and cultural analysis? Do the approaches and perspectives generated by literary and cultural texts hold purchase for social, political, and historical interventions in the 21st century? How are Asians subject to orientalist lenses that warrant foreclosure of empathy and humanity? How do inter-ethnic racism, inter-Asian classism, queerphobia, sexism, misogynoir, and systemic xenophobia continue to impact Asian people and culture? By critically meditating on whether existing concepts of memory and trauma accurately address the histories, present states, and futures of the non-Occidental world, this volume unites perspectives on both dominant and marginalized sites of the broader Asian continent. Contributors explore the complex and surprising intersections of literature, history, ethics, affect, and social justice across the region through its wide-ranging but comparative focus on geo-political sites across East, South, and Southeast Asia, and on Asian diasporas in Australia and the USA. This volume is thus the first of its kind to argue for a comparative methodology in memory and trauma studies that centers Asia rather than pushing it to the periphery of the Occident. It will appeal to scholars, students, teachers, and readers interested in memory and trauma studies, comparative Asian studies, diaspora and postcolonial studies, global studies, and women, gender, and sexuality studies in the 21st century.
Summary Book Review The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English by Lorna Sage:
Download or read book The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English written by Lorna Sage and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1999-09-30 with total page 696 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An alphabetized volume on women writers, major titles, movements, genres from medieval times to the present.
Summary Book Review Passage to Manhattan by Lopamudra Basu:
Download or read book Passage to Manhattan written by Lopamudra Basu and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2009-10-02 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander is a unique compendium of scholarship on South Asian American writer Meena Alexander, who is recognized as one of the most influential and innovative contemporary South Asian American poets. Her poetry, memoirs, and fiction occupy a unique locus at the intersection of postcolonial and US multicultural studies. This anthology examines the importance of her contribution to both fields. It is the first sustained analysis of the entire Alexander oeuvre, employing a diverse array of critical methodologies. Drawing on feminist, Marxist, cultural studies, trauma studies, contemporary poetics, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis, the collection features fifteen chapters and an Afterword, by well-established scholars of postcolonial and Asian American literature like Roshni Rustomji, May Joseph, Anindyo Roy, and Amritjit Singh, as well as by emerging scholars like Ronaldo Wilson, Parvinder Mehta, and Kazim Ali. The contributors offer insights on nearly all of Alexander’s major works, and the volume achieves a balance between Alexander’s diverse genres, covering the spectrum from early works like Nampally Road to her forthcoming book The Poetics of Dislocation. The essays engage with a variety of debates in postcolonial, feminist, and US multicultural studies, as well as providing many nuanced and detailed readings of Alexander’s mutli-layered texts.
Summary Book Review South Asian Racialization and Belonging after 9/11 by Aparajita De:
Download or read book South Asian Racialization and Belonging after 9/11 written by Aparajita De and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2016-05-26 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How do contemporary cultural and literary texts from the diaspora or from South Asia iterate patterns of racial surveillance and prejudice against South Asians in the United States after 9/11? This collection delves into the underpinnings of American imperialism and identity politics after 9/11.
Summary Book Review Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script by Cristina Herrera:
Download or read book Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script written by Cristina Herrera and published by Cambria Press. This book was released on 2014-03-28 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Despite the growing literary scholarship on Chicana writers, few, if any, studies have exhaustively explored themes of motherhood, maternity, and mother-daughter relationships in their novels. When discussions of motherhood and mother-daughter relationships do occur in literary scholarship, they tend to mostly be a backdrop to a larger conversation on themes such as identity, space, and sexuality, for example. Mother-daughter relationships have been ignored in much literary criticism, but this book reveals that maternal relationships are crucial to the study of Chicana literature; more precisely, examining maternal relationships provides insight to Chicana writers' rejection of intersecting power structures that otherwise silence Chicanas and women of color. This book advances the field of Chicana literary scholarship through a discussion of Chicana writers' efforts to re-write the script of maternity outside of existing discourses that situate Chicana mothers as silent and passive and the subsequent mother-daughter relationship as a source of tension and angst. Chicana writers are actively engaged in the process of re-writing motherhood that resists the image of the static, disempowered Chicana mother; on the other hand, these same writers engage in broad representations of Chicana mother-daughter relationships that are not merely a source of conflict but also a means in which both mothers and daughters may achieve subjectivity. While some of the texts studied do present often conflicted relationships between mothers and their daughters, the novels do not comfortably accept this script as the rule; rather, the writers included in this study are highly invested in re-writing Chicana motherhood as a source of empowerment even as their works present strained maternal relationships. Chicana writers have challenged the pervasiveness of the problematic virgin/whore binary which has been the motif on which Chicana womanhood/motherhood has been defined, and they resist the construction of maternity on such narrow terms. Many of the novels included in this study actively foreground a conscious resistance to the limiting binaries of motherhood symbolized in the virgin/whore split. The writers critically call for a rethinking of motherhood beyond this scope as a means to explore the empowering possibilities of maternal relationships. This book is an important contribution to the fields of Chicana/Latina and American literary scholarship.
Author :Erica L Johnson Publisher :Edinburgh University Press Release Date :2015-06-21 ISBN 10 :9781474402200 Pages :256 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.0/5 (22 users download)
Download or read book Jean Rhys written by Erica L Johnson and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2015-06-21 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The 10 newly commissioned essays and introduction collected in this volume demonstrate Jean Rhys's centrality to modernism and to postcolonial literature alike by addressing her stories and novels from the 1920s and 1930s.
Summary Book Review Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater by Wenying Xu:
Download or read book Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater written by Wenying Xu and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2022 with total page 512 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 700 cross-referenced entries on genres, major terms, and authors"--
Summary Book Review A History of Indian Poetry in English by Rosinka Chaudhuri:
Download or read book A History of Indian Poetry in English written by Rosinka Chaudhuri and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2016-03-29 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A History of Indian Poetry in English explores the genealogy of Anglophone verse in India from its nineteenth-century origins to the present day. Beginning with an extensive introduction that charts important theoretical contributions to the field, this History includes extensive essays that illuminate the legacy of English in Indian poetry. Organized thematically, these essays survey the multilayered verse of such diverse poets as Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, Rabindranath Tagore, Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes, Kamala Das, and Melanie Silgardo. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History also devotes special attention to the lasting significance of imperialism and diaspora in Indian poetry. This book is of pivotal importance to the development of Indian poetry in English and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike.
Summary Book Review Ayad Akhtar, the American Nation, and Its Others after 9/11 by Lopamudra Basu:
Download or read book Ayad Akhtar, the American Nation, and Its Others after 9/11 written by Lopamudra Basu and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2018-12-06 with total page 206 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book studies the creative works of Ayad Akhtar in the context of a post-9/11 American culture rife with the racialization of Muslims. It explores controversies emerging from the reception of Akhtar’s works and focuses on their aesthetic dimensions to study their role in advocating for racial and gender equity.
Author :Shirin E. Edwin Publisher :State University of New York Press Release Date :2021-12-01 ISBN 10 :9781438486406 Pages :309 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.8/5 (64 users download)
Summary Book Review The Space of the Transnational by Shirin E. Edwin:
Download or read book The Space of the Transnational written by Shirin E. Edwin and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on 2021-12-01 with total page 309 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Challenges and reimagines transnational feminism by analyzing the concept of ummah, or community, in Muslim women's writing. This book examines Muslim women's creative strategies of deploying religious concepts such as ummah or community to solve such problems as domestic and communal violence, polygamous abuse, sterility, and the violence of heteronormativity. By closely reading and examining examples of ummah-building strategies in interfaith dialogues, exchanges, and encounters between Muslim and non-Muslim women in a selection of African and Southeast Asian fictions and essays, this book highlights women's assertive activisms to redefine transnationalism, understood as relationships across national boundaries, as transgeography. Ummah-building strategies shift the space of or respatialize transnational relationships to connections with other communities, groups, and affiliations within the same nation-space. Such a respatialization also enables a more equitable and inclusive remediation of the citizenship of gendered and religious citizens (women and minorities) to the nation-state and consequently the transnational sphere of relationships. Shirin Edwin is a scholar of African literatures, Women's Studies, and Islamic Studies. She has served as a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at NYU Shanghai and as a tenured Associate Professor of French at Sam Houston State University.