The shock of arrival: reflections on postcolonial experience

Front Cover
South End Press, 1996 - History - 223 pages
0 Reviews
In this book, acclaimed South Asian American poet and novelist Meena Alexander unleashes a fury of prose and poetry to confront the stereotypes and explore the challenges facing postcolonial immigrants in America. Commenting on the history of memory, language, shame, and exile, Alexander poignantly describes the wealth of experiences and imaginings that have shaped her life and writing. Her project: "to make space for what was crossed out in the decorum of femininity, in the high places of classical hierarchy, in the racism of a canonical knowledge, in the obliterations of a national memory ... all this is part of our task, part of the violent, fractured worlds that we must etch into beauty".

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

MAKING UP MEMORY
111
INDIAN WOMEN WRITERS
169
CODA
193
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1996)

Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of several books of poetry, most recently" Raw Silk" and "Illiterate Heart," winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Her memoir "Fault Lines" was one of "Publishers Weekly"'s best books of 1993, and her novel "Nampally Road" was a 1991 "Voice Literary Supplement" Editor's Choice.