Readings of the Particular: The Postcolonial in the Postnational

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Anne Holden Rønning, Lene Johannessen
Rodopi, 2007 - Art - 262 pages
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The present collection aims at throwing light on transculturality and the identities and masks that people put on, in writing as much as in life, in an age of global levelling and the struggle for a particular place in a postcolonial world. Topics covered include: North African identity in France; cultural citizenship and the Asian diaspora; novels of beur self-identity by Maghrebi immigrants in France; Scottish fiction, Britain and Empire; memory, amnesia, and the re-invention of the past in South Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere; borders, necrophilia and history in Southern African fiction; encodings of female control; spectating in black documentary cinema; theatre, performance, and the Western presence in Africa; masks, history, transtextuality, and other aspects of Irish poetry and drama; the masking and unmasking of identity in the African-American novel; violence and Titus Andronicus in black Nova Scotian poetry; notions of the national and of indigeneity in contemporary Canadian drama; Native Canadians, space, and the city. Authors and artists treated include: William Boyd; Andre Brink; George Elliott Clarke; David Dabydeen; Ralph Ellison; Bessie Head; Seamus Heaney; Tomson Highway; Isaac Julien; Daniel David Moses; Paul Muldoon; Albert Murray; Jean Rhys; Sir Walter Scott; Robert Louis Stevenson; Richard Wright; and W.B. Yeats."

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ANNE HOLDEN RONNING has recently retired as associate professor of English literature at the University of Bergen. She has published extensively on women s literature and postcolonial writing, especially from Australia and New Zealand.
LENE JOHANNESSEN is associate professor in the English Department, University of Bergen. Her research interests and fields of publication are American, Chicano, and postcolonial literatures and cultures, theories of language, and the politics and theories of identity.
CONTRIBUTORS: Charles I. Armstrong, Kristina Aurylait, David Bell, Erik Falk, Alan Freeman, Asbjorn Gronstad, Ute Kauer, Susan Knutson, Evelyn Lutwama, Jacquelynne Modeste, Ruben Moi, Anne Nothof, Wenche Ommundsen, Geoff Page, Ulla Rahbek, Priscilla Ringrose, Johan Schminaski.

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