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Writing Sri Lanka

Literature, Resistance & the Politics of Place, 1st Edition

By Minoli Salgado


232 pages

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Focusing on ways in which cultural nationalism has influenced both the production and critical reception of texts, Salgado presents a detailed analysis of eight leading Sri Lankan writers - Michael Ondaatje, Romesh Gunasekera, Shyam Selvadurai, A. Sivanandan, Jean Arasanayagam, Carl Muller, James Goonewardene and Punyakante Wijenaike – to rigorously challenge the theoretical, cultural and political assumptions that pit ‘insider’ against ‘outsider’, ‘resident’ against ‘migrant’ and the ‘authentic’ against the ‘alien’. By interrogating the discourses of territoriality and boundary marking that have come into prominence since the start of the civil war, Salgado works to define a more nuanced and sensitive critical framework that actively reclaims marginalized voices and draws upon recent studies in migration and the diaspora to reconfigure the Sri Lankan critical terrain.


"This is the most significant work on Sri Lankan English-language literature to date, combining impressive scholarship with perceptive analysis, nuanced evaluation and carefully balanced comment." Confluence

"Represents the most stimulating, perceptive and intellectually rigorous book-length study to date of this critically under-researched area of postcolonial literatures in English." - Interventions

"…an excellent and much-needed contribution – well-written, insightful, and thorough." - Chelva Kanaganayakam, University of Toronto

"Beautifully argued, intricately composed." --Meena Alexander, Wasafiri

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction Part 1. 1. Literature and Territoriality: Boundary Marking as a Critical Paradigm Part 2 2. Allegorical Islands 3. Spectral Spaces 4. Fugitive Selves 5. Genealogical Maps Part 3 6. Border Dialogues 7. Place as Palimpsest 8. Past Paradise 9. Conclusion: Destinations Notes. Select Bibliography. Index

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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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