This lively and incisive collection of essays from an international group of scholars explores the interactions between cultures originating in Africa, India, the Caribbean, and Europe. Those interactions have been both destructive and richly productive, and the consequences continue to 'trouble the living stream' today. Several of the essays focus on the continuing reverberations of political and cultural conflicts in post-Apartheid Southern Africa, including the presence in Britain of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Other authors discuss the ways in which Indian culture has transformed novelistic and cinematic forms. A third group of essays examines the attempts of West Indian women writers to reclaim their territory and describe it in their own terms. The collection as a whole is framed by essays which deal with discourses of 'terror' and 'terrorism' and how we translate and read them in the wake of 9/11.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.
Table of Contents
Connecting Cultures. Translating Terror. The Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Zimbabwean Asylum: Female Voices. Remembering Rousseau: Nostalgia and the Responsibilities of the Self. Narratives of Southern African Farms. The Invention of Mourning in Post – Apartheid Literature. Locating Identity in Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to our Hillbrow. Travel and Transgression: Dan Jacobson’s Southern African Journey. Narrating a White Africa: Autobiography, Race and History. What it Means to Stay: Reterritorialising the Black Atlantic in Erna Brodber’s Writing of the Local. Views and Visions: Layered Landscapes in West Indian Migrant Narratives. Writing ‘Home’: Mediating between ‘the Local’ and ‘the Literary’ in a Selection of Postcolonial Women’s Texts. Translating/ ‘The’ Kama Sutra. Cultural Connections: Lagaan and its Audience Responses. Writing the Nation’s Destiny: Indian Fiction in English before 1910. Monological Discourse and the Creation of Villains: A Staging of Witnesses after 9/11. Cubanos, Americans and Modes of Being Between in Pre-Castro Cuba.
Emma Bainbridge is currently working at the University of Kent. She was the Conference Secretary for the Connecting Cultures conference in April 2004.