1st Edition

Displaced Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma

Edited By Kate Rose Copyright 2020
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    Through specific and rigorous analysis of contemporary literary texts, this book shows how writers from inside affected communities portray indigeneity, displacement, and trauma. In a world of increasing global inequality, this study aims to demonstrate how literature, and the study of it, can effect positive social change, notably in the face of global environmental, economic, and social injustice. This collection brings together a diverse and compelling array of voices from academics leading their fields around the world, to pioneer a new approach to literary analysis anchored in engagement with our changing world.


    Introduction: Stories as Medicine

    Kate Rose

    Part 1: Migration

    Chapter 1: Dystopic Dissonance: Migrant Women’s Alienation in Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers

    Augusta Atinuke Irele

    Chapter 2: "Tear Down This Wall": Borders, Limits, and National Belonging in South Asian Postcolonial Literature

    Gaura Narayan

    Chapter 3: Bhanu Kapil’s Schizophrene Poetics: Disability, Dispossession, and Diaspora

    C. R. Grimmer

    Chapter 4: Linda Lê: A Literature of Displacement

    Gloria Kwok

    Chapter 5:

    Languages at war in Latin American women writers

    Liliana Guadalupe Chavez Diaz

    Chapter 6: They Won’t Take Me Alive: Feminist Histories and Literary Journalism in El Salvador

    Jeffrey Peer

    Part 2: Indigeneity

    Chapter 7: Dreams in a Time of Dystopic Neocolonialism: Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God and Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves

    Megan E. Cannella

    Chapter 8: Indigenous Libretto and Aural Memory: Forms of Translation in The Sun Dance and El Circo Anahuac

    Clarissa Castaneda

    Chapter 9: Not Lost: ‘We are people of the land. We are clay people, people of the mounds’

    Margaret McMurtrey

    Chapter 10: Writing Memory, Practising Resistance: History and Memory in Easterine Kire’s Novels

    Payel Ghosh

    Chapter 11: Women’s Bodies in Indigenous Literatures: A Comparative Analysis from Contemporary Novels of Three Continents

    Kate Rose

    Part 3: Trauma

    Chapter 12: Magical Combat in Central Africa: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch

    Joya Uraizee

    Chapter 13: From Bearing to Burying: Enacting Embodied Memories of Darfur Genocide in the Poetry of Emtithal Mahmoud

    Mayy ElHayawi

    Chapter 14: Masculine Failure: Rape Culture and Intergenerational Trauma in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    Hakyoung Ahn

    Chapter 15: The Technology of Anguish: (Re)Imagining Post-9/11 Trauma in Tamora Pierce’s Fantasy Universes

    Whitney S. May

    Chapter 16: Women with Swords: Reinvention of Female Warriors in Contemporary Chinese Women's Writings

    Xue Wei


    Since publishing Décoloniser l’imaginaire in 2007, Kate Rose has developed socioliterature, involving magical realism, trauma, feminism, and Indigeneity. She taught comparative world literature in China for several years and is now looking for a job in the U.S. Read her work at: https://cumt.academia.edu/KateRose. Contact: [email protected].