Concert of Voices: An Anthology of World Writing in English

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Victor J. Ramraj
Broadview Press, Dec 30, 1994 - Literary Collections - 528 pages
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Concert of Voices combines poetry, fiction, drama, and essays in a wide-ranging anthology of world literature in English. The collection includes a number of established writers who despite their great reputations, have often been perceived as standing apart from the main currents of English literature (and have rarely found their way into English Department reading lists). Most selections, though, are by a remarkable range of much less established authors. In addition to the selections, the editor has provided a general introduction and a brief biographical note on each author. "The intention in Concert of Voices is both to provide an alternative text to anthologies of traditional and established writings (in which the new writings in English invariably are displaced and marginalized) and to complement these anthologies. In this regard, the word 'other'—which points up apartness and division—was found wanting and dropped from the provisional main title. Its omission draws attention to a concept (and conviction) operative in the construction of the anthology: despite historical and cultural specificities (the focus of cross-cultural and multicultural studies), commonalities and affinities exist among these writings and between writing on both sides of the hegemonic divide. The anthology, then, is not intended simply as an offering of sociological or anthropological insights into these 'different' peoples. The pieces in Concert of Voices also demonstrate that imaginative writings can evolve from a cocoon of particularities into what can be called—modifying a catch-phrase of certain other disciplines—Literature Without Borders." - from the introduction
 

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Contents

Ama Ata Aidoo Ghana
14
Agha Shahid Ali Pakistan
29
Mulk Raj Anand India
30
Ven Begamudre IndiaCanada
38
Louise Bennett Jamaica
47
Gerry Bostock Australia
60
Dionne Brand TrinidadCanada
69
Dennis Brutus South Africa
75
Mervyn Morris Jamaica
283
Eskia Mphahlele South Africa
286
Bharati Mukherjee IndiaUSA
292
S Naipaul TrinidadUK
300
Satendra Nandan Fiji
312
R K Narayan India
323
Mudrooroo Narogin formerly Colin Johnson Australia
327
Njabulo S Ndebele South Africa
336

Buhkwujjenene Canada
77
Willi Chen Trinidad
78
Saros Cowasjee IndiaCanada
98
Rienzi Crusz Sri LankaCanada
103
Fred DAguiar GuyanaUK
104
Manoj Das India
113
Eunice de Souza India
129
Lorna Goodison Jamaica
132
Nadine Gordimer South Africa
133
Claire Harris TrinidadCanada
142
Wilson Harris GuyanaUK
145
Bessie Head South Africa
152
Keri Hulme New Zealand
170
Witi Ihimaera New Zealand
181
Sally Ito Canada
186
Arnold Itwaru GuyanaCanada
189
Sunita Jain India
191
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala IndiaUSA
194
Jamaica Kincaid AntiguaUSA
204
Jamaica Kincaid AntiguaUSA
209
Thomas King Canada
214
Shirley Geoklin Lim MalaysiaUSA
218
Jayanta Mahapatra India
220
Lee Maracle Canada
222
Dambudzo Marechera Zimbabwe
229
Pauline Melville GuyanaUK
235
Sudesh Mishra Fiji
247
Rohinton Mistry IndiaCanada
248
Timothy Mo Hong KongUK
268
Tololwa Marti Mollel TanzaniaCanada
273
Ngitji Ngitji formerly Mona Tur Australia
344
Ngugi wa Thiongo Kenya
346
Oodgeroo Noonuccal formerly Kath Walker Australia
353
Gabriel Okara Nigeria
355
Michael Ondaatje Sri LankaCanada
357
Sasenarine Persaud GuyanaCanada
360
Jean Rhys DominicaUK
364
Salman Rushdie IndiaUK
366
Samuel Selvon TrinidadUKCanada
374
Olive Senior Jamaica
385
Vikram Seth India
397
Philip Sherlock Jamaica
401
Wole Soyinka Nigeria
414
Subramani Fiji
438
Edwin Thumboo Singapore
443
Mary TallMountain USA
447
G Vassanji TanzaniaCanada
450
Alafina Vuki Fiji
459
Fred Wah Canada
461
Derek Walcott St Lucia
462
Albert Wendt Western SamoaNew Zealand
466
May Wong Singapore
473
Poetry
477
Caribbean
478
South Pacific
485
Nissim Ezekiel India
487
Jean Arasanayagam Sri Lanka
488
Leslie Marmon Silko USA
489
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Victor J. Ramraj, a professor of English at the University of Calgary, is editor of the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature.

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