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Sex Trafficking in Postcolonial Literature

Transnational Narratives from Joyce to Bolaño, 1st Edition

By Laura Barberán Reinares


178 pages

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At present, the bulk of the existing research on sex trafficking originates in the social sciences. Sex Trafficking in Postcolonial Literature adds an original perspective on this issue by examining representations of sex trafficking in postcolonial literature.

This book is a sustained interdisciplinary study bridging postcolonial literature, in English and Spanish, and sex trafficking, as analyzed through literary theory, anthropology, sociology, history, trauma theory, journalism, and globalization studies. It encompasses postcolonial theory and literature’s aesthetic analysis of sex trafficking together with research from social sciences, psychology, anthropology, and economics with the intention of offering a comprehensive analysis of the topic beyond the type of Orientalist discourse so prevalent in the media. This is an important and innovative resource for scholars in literature, postcolonial studies, gender studies, human rights and global justice.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. James Joyce’s "Eveline" and the Emergence of Global Sex Trafficking in the Early 1900s 3. Sex Trafficking, War, and the Military in Therese Park’s A Gift of the Emperor 4. Sex Trafficking, Development, and the National Government in Mahasweta Devi’s "Douloti the Bountiful" 5. Sex Trafficking and the Legal System in Destination Countries in Amma Darko’s Beyond the Horizon and Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail 6. Sex Trafficking, State Patriarchy, and Transnational Capital in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Laura Barberán Reinares is an Assistant Professor of English and Literature at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She has published an award-winning article on feminism, globalization and trafficking in the South Atlantic Review, as well as articles on postcolonial literature and pedagogy in the journals the James Joyce Quarterly, Irish Migration Studies in Latin America and College Teaching.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society