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Author Ojwang, Dan, 1971-
Title Reading migration and culture in context [electronic resource] : the world of East African Indian literature / Dan Ojwang
Imprint New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
The pleasures and tribulations of migration -- Indian Ocean travel and belonging in Nanji Kalidas Mehta's Dream half-expressed -- Gastropolitics and diasporic self-writing -- Images of Africa and the making of Asian identities -- Gender, sexuality and community -- Miscegenation and culture -- Romancing decolonization -- Memory, metafiction and modernity
"Reading Migration and Culture" locates itself within the recent preoccupation in literary studies with modernity, migration and diaspora, and the theories that are deployed in trying to account for them. Its central argument is that 'global' readings of migration in relation to a general 'postcolonial condition' elides local referents of history, social life and geography. East African Asians, a term used to refer to people of sub-continental Indian descent in the region, occupy an important, yet often neglected role, in the history of the former British Empire. Unlike their counterparts in the Caribbean, Fiji and South Africa, they have had a closer connection to the India, which has been an important focus of their imagination. This book examines the local histories and discourses that underpin East African Asian literature against the categories that have evolved for conceptualizing diaspora, especially within postcolonial studies. Its focus is on the cultural codes that diasporic East African Asians have forged in an attempt to come to terms with a history of dislocation and how those codes find form in writing. In probing these issues, it opens up larger questions of alienation, domesticity, material culture, gastropolitics, memory, nationalism and the allegorical construction of gender and sexuality. In a significant sense, this book shows that East African Asian writing is rooted in a fundamental sense of the local East African scene but at the same time draws its identity from a wider cartography that includes the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Euro-American sites in which the majority of the writers live. Writers covered include M.G. Vassanji, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Nanji Kalidas Mehta, Peter Nazareth, Jameela Siddiqi, Shailja Patel, Bahadur Tejani and Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
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Link Print version: Ojwang, Dan, 1971- Reading migration and culture in context. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 9781137262950 (DLC) 2012034966 (OCoLC)802321070
Subject East African literature -- Minority authors -- History and criticism
Folk literature, African -- History and criticism
South Asian diaspora
South Asians -- Africa, East -- Social conditions
Africa, East -- Emigration and immigration
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh bisacsh
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