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1st Edition

Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma

Edited By

Kate Rose

ISBN 9780367438012
Published February 4, 2020 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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]