Vernacular Worlds, Cosmopolitan Imagination

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Stephanos Stephanides, Stavros Karayanni
BRILL, Sep 1, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
This collection addresses broad questions of ethics and aesthetics in the framework of vernacular cosmopolitanism. With a common anthropological focus, the essays map literary and artistic practices involving cross-cultural transactions shaped by social forces, institutions, and the multiple mediations of the imagination. Some essays are based on community-based fieldwork, while all encompass an affective immersion in the places we inhabit, and the claims these make on the body’s intelligibility.
The authors consider the role of artists, writers, and literary scholars as cultural actors in a variety of settings, grassroots, regional, trans-regional, and global. Topics include: the role of social and cultural activism; the problematic dimensions of national belonging; the plurality of knowledge-systems and inter-language environ-mental learning in South Africa; the vernacular imagination in Papua New Guinea Anglophone fiction; pulp fiction and chick lit in India; transformative artistic motifs of Australia’s nomadic Tiwi community; life writing as a reconfiguring of postcolonial or cosmopolitan paradigms; southern African supernatural belief-systems and the malign magic of the global economy; Canadian First Nations literature read against the struggle for self-determination by India’s castes and scheduled tribes; feral animals in relation to the indigenous exotic; and the imbrication of the vernacular, national, colonial, and cosmopolitan in perceptions of homecoming in the eastern Mediterranean. The collection as a whole thus provides manifestations of poesis in relation to theory and praxis and articulates perspectives that expand, challenge, strengthen, and renew the potential for growth in contemporary world literature and culture.
 

Contents

ACLALS Social Change and Cultural Activism
1
An Essay on English and the Environment in Africa
21
Mirroring Change in an Aboriginal Workshop Tiwi Designs Northern Australia
39
Contemporary Oral Accounts of the South African mamlambo
59
Practising Indigenous Literatures in the Indian University
87
What About Shobhaa Dé? Indian Pulp Fiction Meets Indian Writing in English
103
Vernacular Imaginations in Contemporary Papua New Guinea Fiction
121
Narrative Power and the Postcolonial
145
Reinstating the Individual in Postcolonial Literary Studies
165
Cosmopolitan Dingoes and Brumbies
183
Notes on Contributors
219
Index
223
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