Postcolonial Justice.
ASNEL Papers 22.
Bartels, Anke, Lars Eckstein, Nicole Waller & Dirk Wiemann (eds.)
Brill Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2017.




Postcolonial Justice addresses a major issue in current postcolonial theory and beyond, namely, the question of how to reconcile an ethics grounded in the reciprocal acknowledgment of diversity and difference with the normative, if not universal thrust that appears to energize any notion of justice. The concept of postcolonial justice shared by the essays in this volume carries an unwavering commitment to difference within and beyond Europe, while equally rejecting radical cultural essentialisms, which refuse to engage in "utopian ideals" of convivial exchange across a plurality of subject positions. Such utopian ideals can no longer claim universal validity, as in the tradition of the European enlightenment; instead they are bound to local frames of speaking from which they project world.

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DAVID TURNBULL: Postcolonial Injustice: Rationality, Knowledge and Law in the Face of Multiple Epistemologies and Ontologies: A Spatial Performative Approach

JAMES ODHIAMBO OGONE: Epistemic Injustice: African Knowledge and Scholarship in the Global Context

ANINDYA SEKHAR PURAKAYASTHA & SASWAT SAMAY DAS: Shakespeare in Dantewada: Rescuing Postcolonialism through Pedagogic Reformulations and Academic Activism

MAHMOUD ARGHAVAN: Postcolonial Orientalism: A Study of the Anti-Imperialist Rhetoric of Middle Eastern Intellectuals in Diaspora


FRANK SCHULZE-ENGLER: Poetic Justice? Christopher Okigbo, Dedan Kimathi and Robert Mugabe on Literary Trial

LOTTE K?-ßLER: A New Reading of Wulf Sachs' Black Hamlet (1937)

KIRSTEN SANDROCK: The Poetics of Justice in Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton: A Memoir: Narrative Construction and Reader Response

CHRISTINE VOGT-WILLIAM: HeLa and The Help: Justice and African American Women in White Women’s Narratives


JULIA HOYDIS: A Darker Shade of Justice: Violence, Liberation, and Afrofuturist Fantasy in Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death

BEATRIZ PÉREZ ZAPATA: An Endless Game: Neocolonial Injustice in Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia

KARIN IKAS: Slavery and Resilience in Caryl Phillips’s Novel Cambridge

(Post)Imperial Orders of Travel and Space

LIANNE VAN KRALINGEN: Justice and the Company: Economic Imperatives in The Journal of Jan van Riebeeck (1652-1662)

PRUDENCE BLACK: The Speed of Decolonisation: Travel, Modernisation and the 1955 Bandung Conference

MONICA VAN DER HAAGEN-WULFF: De-cloaking Invisibility: Remembering Colonial South-West Africa

Justice within and without the Law

Carly McLaughlin: 'It’s All about the Children': Child Asylum Seekers and the Politics of Innocence in Australia

HANNA TEICHLER: Aspirin or Amplifier? Reconciliation, Justice, and the Performance of National Identity in Canada

JENS TEMMEN: 'So It Happens that We are Relegated to the Condition of the Aborigines of the American Continent': Disavowing and Reclaiming Sovereignty in Liliuokalani’s Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen and the Congressional Morgan Report


Contested Communities.
Communication, Narration, Imagination
ASNEL Papers 21.
Mühleisen, Susanne (ed.)
Brill Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2017.




This interdisciplinary volume investigates com-munity in postcolonial language situations, texts, and media. In actual and imagined communities, membership assumes shared features – values, linguistic codes, geographical origin, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, professional interests and practices. How is membership in such communities constructed, manifested, tested or contested? What new forms have emerged in the wake of globalization, translocation, and digital media? Contributions in linguistic, literary, and cultural studies explore the role of communication, narratives, memory, and trauma in processes of (un)belonging.

One section treats communication and the speech community. Here, linguistic contributions investigate the concept of the native speaker in World Englishes, in socio-cultural communities identified by styles of verbal duelling, in diaspora communities, physical and digital, where identification with formerly stigmatized linguistic codes acquires new currency. Divisions and alignments in digital communities are at stake in postcolonial African countries like Cameroon where identification with ex-colonizer and ex-colonized is a hot issue. Finally, discourse communities also exist in such traditional media as newspapers (e.g., the Indian tabloid in English).

In a section devoted to narrative and narration, the focus is on literary perspectives – post-colonial memory, trauma, and identity in Caribbean literary works by David Chariandy and Pauline Melville and in Australian Aboriginal fiction; narratives of banditry in colonial India; xenophobia and urban space in South Africa; human-animal community crossings and anthropomorphism in Life of Pi.
A third section, on linguistic crossings in transnational music styles in global and Ugandan music industries, examines language, style, and belonging in music cultures. The volume closes with a controversial debate on the agendas of academic/non-academic and postcolonial/Western communities with regard to homophobia in Jamaican dancehall culture.

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SUSANNE MÜHLEISEN: Introduction: On Community Formation, Manifestation, and Contestation: Acts of Membership and Exclusion

ROBERT JC YOUNG: Community and the Common


STEPHANIE HACKERT: The Native Speaker in World Englishes: A Historical Perspective

DARIA DAYTER: Orality and Literacy in Verbal Duelling: Playing the Dozens in the Twenty-First Century

SUSANNE MÜHLEISEN & ANNE SCHR?-DER: Prestige Change in Contact Varieties of English in Urban Diaspora Communities

ANDREA MOLL: Diasporic Cyber-Jamaican: Stylized Dialect of an Imagined Community

ERIC A. ANCHIMBE: 'Africa is not a Game': Constructions of Ex-Colonized and Ex-Colonizer Entities Online

DAGMAR DEUBER: The Indian Tabloid in English: What Type of Community Does It Speak To, and How?


TOBIAS D?-RING: Thuggee: Thornton, Taylor and the Literature of Banditry in Colonial India

Katja Sarkowsky: Haunting Conflicts: Memory, Forgetting, and the Struggle for Community in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant

JOCHEN PETZOLD: Whose Hillbrow? Xenophobia and the Urban Space in the 'New' South Africa

STEPHAN LAQUÉ: Orientation and Narration: Aboriginal Identity in Nugi Garimara’s Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

ROMAN BARTOSCH: A 'furry subjunctive case' of Empathy: Human-Animal Communities in Life of Pi and the Question of Literary Anthropomorphism

SUSAN ARNDT: Migration, Rhizomic Identities, and the Black Atlantic in Postcolonial Literary Studies: The Trans-Space as Home in Pauline Melville’s Short Story "Eat Labba and Drink Creek Water"


BRITTA SCHNEIDER: Community and Language in Transnational Music Styles: Symbolic Meanings of Spanish in Salsa and Reggaetón

JUDE SSEMPUUMA: Language Crossings in Transnational Music Cultures: Bottom-Up Promotion of Kiswahili Through the Music Industry in Uganda


CAROLYN COOPER: Cross Talk: Jamaican Popular Music and the Politics of Translation

CAROLINE KOEGLER: At Whose Cost? A Critical Reading of Carolyn Cooper’s Keynote Lecture "Cross Talk: Jamaican Popular Music and the Politics of Translation"

Notes on Contributors

Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis.
ASNEL Papers 20.
Sandten, Cecile, & Annika Bauer (eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2016.




The notion of the postcolonial metropolis has gained prominence in the last two decades both within and beyond postcolonial studies. Disciplines such as sociology and urban studies, however, have tended to focus on the economic inequalities, class disparities, and other structural and formative aspects of the postcolonial metropolises that are specific to Western conceptions of the city at large. It is only recently that the depiction of postcolonial metropolises has been addressed in the writings of Suketu Mehta, Chris Abani, Amit Chaudhuri, Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Helon Habila, Sefi Atta, and Zakes Mda, among others. Most of these works probe the urban specifics and physical and cultural topographies of postcolonial cities while highlighting their agential capacity to defy, appropriate, and abrogate the superimposition of theories of Western modernity and urbanism.

These ASNEL Papers are all concerned with the idea of the postcolonial (in the) metropolis from various disciplinary viewpoints, as drawn from a great range of cityscapes (spread out over five continents). The essays explore, on the one hand, ideas of spatial subdivision and inequality, political repression, social discrimination, economic exploitation, and cultural alienation, and, on the other, the possibility of transforming, reinventing and reconfigurating the 'postcolonial condition' in and through literary texts and visual narratives.

In this context, the volume covers a broad spectrum of theoretical and thematic approaches to postcolonial and metropolitan topographies and their depictions in writings from Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, South Asia, and greater Asia, as well as the UK, addressing issues such as modernity and market economies but also caste, class, and social and linguistic aspects. At the same time, they reflect on the postcolonial metropolis and postcolonialism in the metropolis by concentrating on an urban imaginary which turns on notions of spatial subdivision and inequality, political repression, social discrimination, economic exploitation, and cultural alienation – as the continuing 'postcolonial' condition.

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CECILE SANDTEN & ANNIKA BAUER: Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis: An Introduction


MELISSA KENNEDY: The Economics of Urban Development for the Postcolonial Poor

ENDA DUFFY: Post-Coloniality, Poetry, and Debt

DAVID TAVARES AND MARC BROSSEAU: Equivocal Identity-Politics in Multi-Cultural London


ANNIKA MCPHERSON: Tracing the Rural in the Urban: Re-Reading Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow through Brooding Clouds

MICHAEL WESSELS: The Representation of Place in Three Post-Apartheid South African Novels

DANYELA DEMIR: 'Welcome to Johannesburg': Melancholia and Fragmentation in Kgebetli Moele’s Room 207

VERENA JAIN-WARDEN: Angels in South Africa? Queer Urbanity in K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America

CHRIS DUNTON: The Thrust of the City: Penis Fixation in Jude Dibia’s Blackbird

CHIELOZONA EZE: The City, Hyperculturality, and Human Rights in Contemporary African Women’s Writing


BILL ASHCROFT: Utopian Sights: Re-Inventing the Asian Metropolis

MALA PANDURANG: A City on the Move: Routing Urban Spaces – Literary and Cinematic Representations of Mumbai’s Lifeline, the 'Local' Trains

RAJEEV S. PATKE: The Experience of Urban Space in the Poetry of Arun Kolatkar

R. RAJ RAO: The Metropolis in the Province: Interrogating the New Postcolonial Literature in India

ROMAN BARTOSCH: 'No One Is India': Literary Renderings of the (Postcolonial) Metropolis in Salman Rushdie and Indra Sinha

PIA FLORENCE MASURCZAK: The Glocal Metropolis: Tokyo Cancelled, The White Tiger, and Spatial Politics

AGNES S.L. LAM: Cosmopolitan Poetry from Asian Cities


SUE KOSSEW: City of Words: Haunting Legacies in Gail Jones’s Five Bells

MARIJKE DENGER: Michelle de Kretser’s The Lost Dog: History and Identity in the Metropolis of Melbourne

FRANK SCHULZE-ENGLER: Indigenous Urbanities: Representations of Cities in Native Canadian, Aboriginal Australian, and Māori Literature


ROLF J. GOEBEL: From Postcoloniality to Global Media Culture: Multimedial Reflections on Metropolitan Space

OLIVER LINDNER: Between Ghetto and Utopia: London as a Postcolonial Metropolis in Recent British Music Videos

CHRISTIN HOENE: The Sounding City: Soundscapes and Urban Modernity in Amit Chaudhuri’s Fiction

ERIC A. ANCHIMBE: Pidgin Goes Public: Urban Institutional Space in Cameroon

MICHAEL WESTPHAL: Emancipation from and Re-Invention of the Linguistic Metropolis in a Postcolonial Speech Community

Post-Empire Imaginaries?
Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires.

ASNEL Papers 19.
Buchenau, Barbara, Virginia Richter & Marijke Denger (eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2015.




Empires as political entities may be a thing of the past, but as a concept, empire is alive and kicking. From heritage tourism and costume dramas to theories of the imperial idea(l): empire sells. Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires presents innovative scholarship on the lives and legacies of empires in diverse media such as literature, film, advertising, and the visual arts. Though rooted in real space and history, the post-empire and its twin, the post-imperial, emerge as ungraspable ideational constructs. The volume convincingly establishes empire as welcoming resistance and affirmation, introducing post-empire imaginaries as figurations that connect the archives and repertoires of colonial nostalgia, postcolonial critique, post-imperial dreaming.

Contributors are: Elsie Cloete, Mayannah N. Dahlheim, Rainer Emig, Elena Furlanetto, Jana Gohrisch, Alfred Hiatt, Kerstin Knopf, Donna Landry, Karsten Levihn-Kutzler, Michael Meyer, Eva-Maria Müller, Timo Müller, Eva M. Pérez, Judith Raiskin, Cecile Sandten, Silke Stroh, and Anne-Julia Zwierlein.

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List of Illustrations

BARBARA BUCHENAU AND VIRGINIA RICHTER: Introduction: How to Do Things with Empires


ALFRED HIATT: Maps of Empires Past

MAYANNAH N. DAHLHEIM: (Re)Writing History: Pankaj Mishra, Niall Ferguson, and the Definitions of Empire

RAINER EMIG: The Hermeneutics of Empire: Imperialism as an Interpretation Strategy

KERSTIN KNOPF: Exploring for the Empire: Franklin, Rae, Dickens, and the Natives in Canadian and Australian Historiography and Literature

EVA-MARIA MÜLLER: Teaching the Empire: Lessons About (In)Dependence: Teacher Figures as Metonyms for the Australian Nation


DONNA LANDRY: The Ottoman Imaginary of Evliya Çelebi: From Postcolonial to Postimperial Rifts in Time

ELENA FURLANETTO: "Imagine a Country Where We Are All Equal": Imperial Nostalgia in Turkey and Elif Shafak’s Ottoman Utopia

SILKE STROH: British (Post)Colonial Discourse and (Imagined) Roman Precedents: From Bernardine Evaristo’s Londinium to Caesar’s Britain and Gaul

EVA M. PÉREZ: "As if Empires Were Great and Wonderful Things": A Critical Reassessment of the British Empire During World War Two in Louis de Bernières' Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Mark Mills' The Information Officer and Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans


ANNE-JULIA ZWIERLEIN: Travelling through (Post-)Imperial Panoramas: British Epic Writing and Popular Shows, 1740s to 1840s

JUDITH RAISKIN: "No One Belongs Here More Than You": Travel Ads, Colonial Fantasies, and American Militarism

TIMO MÜLLER: The Bonds of Empire: (Post-)Imperial Negotiations in the 007 Film Series


CECILE SANDTEN: Caryl Phillips' The Nature of Blood: Othello, the Jews of Portobuffole, and the Post-Empire Imaginary

ELSIE CLOETE: Johannesburg Zoologica: Reading the Afropolis Through the Eyes of Lauren Beukes' Zoo City

KARSTEN LEVIHN-KUTZLER: Toxic Terror and the Cosmopolitanism of Risk in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People

MICHAEL MEYER: Something is Foul in the State of Kerala: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things

JANA GOHRISCH: Conflicting Models of Agency in Andrea Levy’s The Long Song (2010)

Notes on the Contributors and Editors


Postcolonial Studies Across the Disciplines.
ASNEL Papers 18.
Gohrisch, Jana, & Ellen Grünkemeier (eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2013.




Bringing together contributions from various disciplines and academic fields, this collection engages in interdisciplinary dialogue on postcolonial issues. Covering African, anglophone, Romance, and New-World themes, linguistic, literary, and cultural studies, and historiography, music, art history, and textile studies, the volume raises questions of (inter)disciplinarity, methodology, and entangled histories.

The essays focus on the representation of slavery in the transatlantic world (the USA, Jamaica, Haiti, and the wider Caribbean, West Africa, and the UK). Drawing on a range of historical sources, material objects, and representations, they study Jamaican Creole, African masks, knitted objects, patchwork sculpture, newspapers, films, popular music, and literature of different genres from the Caribbean, West and South Africa, India, and Britain. At the same time, they reflect on theoretical problems such as intertextuality, intermediality, and cultural exchange, and explore intersections – postcolonial literature and transatlantic history; postcolonial and African-American studies; postcolonial literary and cultural studies. The final section keys in with the overall aim of challenging established disciplinary modes of knowledge production: exploring schools and universities as locations of postcolonial studies. Teachers investigate the possibilities and limits of their respective institutions and probe new ways of engaging with postcolonial concerns.

With its integrative, interdisciplinary focus, this collection addresses readers interested in understanding how colonization and globalization have influenced societies and cultures around the world.

Contributors: Anja Bandau, Sabine Broeck, Sarah Fekadu, Matthias Galler, Janou Glencross, Jana Gohrisch, Ellen Grünkemeier, Jessica Hemmings, Jan Hüsgen, Johannes Salim Ismaiel-Wendt, Ursula Kluwick, Henning Marquardt, Dennis Mischke, Timo Müller, Mala Pandurang, Carl Plasa, Elinor Jane Pohl, Brigitte Reinwald, Steffen Runkel, Andrea Sand, Cecile Sandten, Frank Schulze-Engler, Melanie Ulz, Reinhold Wandel, Tim Watson.

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List of Figures

Jana Gohrisch and Ellen Grünkemeier: Introduction: Postcolonial Studies Across the Disciplines

Interdisciplinary Reflections

Tim Watson: Postcolonial Studies and Atlantic Studies: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Slavery and Empire

Jessica Hemmings: Postcolonial Textiles: Negotiating Dialogue

Melanie Ulz: Masking the White Gaze: Towards a Postcolonial Art History of Masks

Andrea Sand: From Bush Talk to Nation Language: Language Attitudes in Jamaica Before and After Independence

Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt: Track Studies: Popular Music and Postcolonial Analysis

Ellen Grünkemeier: Postcolonial Cultural Studies: Writing a Zulu Woman Back Into History

Interdisciplinary Atlantic Studies

Timo Müller: Postcolonial Pursuits in African American Studies: The Later Poems of Claude McKay

Carl Plasa: "Mainly Storytelling and Play-Acting": Theatricality and the Middle Passage in Barry Unsworth’s Sacred Hunger

Henning Marquardt: Negotiating Family Models in Jamaican Literature: Class, Race, and Religion

Anja Bandau: Transatlantic Representations of the Revolution in Saint-Domingue at the End of the Eighteenth Century and the Haitian Turn

Sarah Fekadu: Writing Off-Centre: Global Imagination and Modernism in the Short Fiction of Phyllis Shand Allfrey

Jan Hüsgen: Emancipation and Protest: Moravian Mission and the Labour Strike in St Kitts

Steffen Runkel: The Perspectives of African Elites on Slavery and Abolition on the Gold Coast (1860-1900): Newspapers as Sources

Frank Schulze-Engler: Fragile Modernities: History and Historiography in Contemporary African Fiction

Crossovers: Historiography, Fiction, Criticism

Matthias Galler: Historiographic Indian English Fiction: Indira Gandhi’s Emergency Rule in Midnight’s Children, The Great Indian Novel, and A Fine Balance

Cecile Sandten: Kaliyattam (The Play of God) by Jayaraj: Polymorphous and Postcolonial Poetics in an Indian Othello Adaptation

Dennis Mischke: Othering Otherness: Stephen Muecke’s Fictocriticism and the Cosmopolitan Vision

Postcolonial Studies in Research and Teaching

Ursula Kluwick: The (Inter)Disciplinarity of Postcolonial Research

Sabine Broeck: Lessons for A-Disciplinarity: Some Notes on What Happens to an Americanist When She Takes Slavery Seriously

Janou Glencross: Postcolonial Studies as a Discipline: An External Perspective on Administrative Headaches

Brigitte Reinwald: On the Challenge of De-Provincializing the University Classroom: Teaching African History from a Postcolonial Perspective

Frank Schulze-Engler: Studying Anglophone Literatures and Cultures in a World of Globalized Modernity: Notes on the 'Frankfurt Experience'

Elinor Jane Pohl: Postcolonial Readings in German Secondary Education

Mala Panduran: Cross-Cultural Pedagogical Practices: Understanding the German Context

Reinhold Wandel: Teaching India in the German EFL Classroom: Issues and Problems

Notes on Contributors

Postcolonial Translocations.
Cultural Representation and Critical Spatial Thinking.

ASNEL Papers 17.
Munkelt, Marga, Markus Schmitz, Mark Stein & Silke Stroh (eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2013.




The sites from which postcolonial cultural articulations develop and the sites at which they are received have undergone profound transformations within the last decades. This book traces the accelerating emergence of cultural crossovers and overlaps in a global perspective and through a variety of disciplinary approaches. It starts from the premise that after the 'spatial turn' human action and cultural representations can no longer be grasped as firmly located in or clearly demarcated by territorial entities. The collection of essays investigates postcolonial articulations of various genres and media in their spatiality and locatedness while envisaging acts of location as dynamic cultural processes. It explores the ways in which critical spatial thinking can be made productive: Testing the uses and limitations of 'translocation' as an open exploratory model for a critically spatialized postcolonial studies, it covers a wide range of cultural expressions from the anglophone world and beyond – literature, film, TV, photography and other forms of visual art, philosophy, historical memory, and tourism.

The extensive introductory chapter charts various facets of spatial thinking from a variety of disciplines, and critically discusses their implications for postcolonial studies. The contributors' essays range from theoretical interventions into the critical routines of postcolonial criticism to case studies of specific cultural texts, objects, and events reflecting temporal and spatial, material and intellectual, physical and spiritual mobility. What emerges is a fascinating survey of the multiple directions postcolonial translocations can take in the future.

This book is aimed at students and scholars of postcolonial literary and cultural studies, diaspora studies, migration studies, transnational studies, globalisation studies, critical space studies, urban studies, film studies, media studies, art history, philosophy, history, and anthropology.

Contributors: Diana Brydon, Lars Eckstein, Paloma Fresno-Calleja, Lucia Krämer, Gesa Mackenthun, Thomas Martinek, Sandra Meyer, Therese-M. Meyer, Marga Munkelt, Lynda Ng, Claudia Perner, Katharina Rennhak, Gundo Rial y Costas, Markus Schmitz, Mark Stein, Silke Stroh, Kathy-Ann Tan, Petra Tournay-Theodotou, Daria Tunca, Jessica Voges, Roland Walter, Dirk Wiemann.

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Illustrations and Permissions

Marga Munkelt, Markus Schmitz, Mark Stein, and Silke Stroh: Introduction: Directions of Translocation – Towards a Critical Spatial Thinking in Postcolonial Studies

Conceptual Interventions and Disciplinary Transgressions

Diana Brydon: 'Difficult Forms of Knowing': Enquiry, Injury, and Translocated Relations of Postcolonial Responsibility

Claudia Perner: Dislocating Imagology. And: How Much of It Can (or Should) Be Retrieved?

Dirk Wiemann: Distant Reading: Cosmopolitanism as Unconditional Reception

Space, Time, and Narration

Roland Walter: Transculturation and Narration in the Black Diaspora of the Americas
Lucia Krämer: Far Away, So Close: Translocation as Storytelling Principle in Hari Kunzru’s Transmission

Gesa Mackenthun: American Antebellum Cosmopolitanism: Herman Melville’s 'Postcolonial' Translocations

Lynda Ng: Translocal Temporalities in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria

Daria Tunca: "We die only once, and for such a long time": Approaching Trauma through Translocation in Chris Abani’s Song for Night

Translation and Cultural Rewriting

Sandra Meyer: "The Story that gave this Land its Life": The Translocation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide

Therese-M. Meyer: Reading "Upstream!": Implications of an Unconsidered Source Text to Julian Barnes' Eighth Chapter of A History of the World in 10½ Chapters

Marga Munkelt: Myths of Rebellion: Translocation and (Cultural) Innovation in Mexican-American Literature

Diasporas, Identifications, Resistance

Paloma Fresno-Calleja: Trans/locating Pacific Identities: From the Small Island to the Largest Polynesian City in the World

Thomas Martinek: Writing (in) the Migrant Space: Discursive Nervousness in Contemporary Nigerian Short Stories

Katharina Rennhak: Daljit Nagra’s Look We Have Coming to Dover! and the Limits of the Translocal

Petra Tournay-Theodotou: "I love Cyprus but England is my home": Eve Makis' Eat Drink and Be Married

Jessica Voges: Laughter Movens: Functions and Effects of Laughter in Black British Literature

Transmigration: Multiple Migration, and Cultural Transgression

Silke Stroh: Theories and Practices of Transmigration: Colonial British Diasporas and the Emergence of Translocal Space

Markus Schmitz: Blurring Images: Articulations of Arab-American Crossovers

Media and Performance

Lars Eckstein: Filming Illegals: Clandestine Translocation and the Representation of Bare Life

Gundo Rial y Costas: Translating the American Dream? A Brazilian Vision of the Promised Land

Kathy-Ann Tan: Curio(us) Translocations: Site-Specific Interventions in Banglatown, London

Notes on Editors and Contributors

Commodifying (Post)Colonialism.
Othering, Reification, Commodification and the New Literatures and Cultures in English.

ASNEL Papers 16.
Emig, Rainer & Oliver Lindner (eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2010.




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Jens Martin Gurr: Bourdieu, Capital, and the Postcolonial Marketplace


Oliver Lindner: 'Savage' Violence and the Colonial Body in Nathaniel Crouch’s The English Acquisitions in Guinea and East India (1708) and in Edward Cooke’s A Voyage to the South Sea (1712)

Carl Plasa: Saccharographies

Wolfgang Funk: "The dark races stand still, the fair progress": Matthew Kneale’s English Passengers and the Intellectual Commodification of Colonial Encounter in Tasmania

Sissy Helff: Alice in Oz: A Children’s Classic between Imperial Nostalgia and Transcultural Reinvention

Lars Eckstein: Think Local Sell Global: Magical Realism, The Whale Rider, and the Market

Ksenia Robbe: Dialogue Within Changing Power-Structures: Commodification of Black South African Women’s Narratives by White Women Writers?

Cecile Sandten: Phantasmagorical Representations of Postcolonial Cityscapes in Salman Rushdie’s Fury (2002) and Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (2004)


Samy Azouz: Amiri Baraka’s Revisiting of Slavery : Memory, Historical Amnesia, and Commodification

Katharina Rennhak: Moving Beyond Irish (Post)Colonialism by Commodifying (Post)Colonial Stage Irishness: Martin McDonagh’s Plays as Global Commodities

Film and Pop Music

Stephan Laqué: The Moveable Frontier: John Ford and Howard Hawks at Home and in Africa

Birte Heidemann: "We are the ones you do not see": The Need for a Change of Focus in Filming Black Britain

Sabine Nunius: Exoticism and Authenticity in Contemporary British-Asian Popular Culture : The Commodification of Difference in Bride & Prejudice and Apache Indian’s Music

Ana Cristina Mendes: Salman Rushdie Superstar: The Making of Postcolonial Literary Stardom

Graham Huggan: Celebrity Conservationism, Postcolonialism, and the Commodity Form

Notes on Contributors

Local Natures, Global Resposibilities.
Ecocritical Perspectives on the New English Literatures.

ASNEL Papers 15.
Volkmann, Laurenz, Nancy Grimm, Ines Detmers & Katrin Thomson (Eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2010.




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Local Natures, Global Responsibilities: An Introduction

(Re)Framing Ecocriticism(s): Topics, Theories and Transnational Tendencies

Vernon Gras: Dialogism as a Solution for the Present Obstacles to an Ecological Culture

Derek Barker: Green Fields: Ecocriticism in South Africa

Serenella Iovino: Ecocriticism and a Non-Anthropocentric Humanism: Reflections on Local Natures and Global Responsibilities

Alex Shishin: Utopian Ecology: Technology and Social Organization in Relation to Nature and Freedom

Emplotments of and Complots Against the Ecosystem

Jens Martin Gurr: Emplotting an Ecosystem: Amitav Gosh’s The Hungry Tide and the Question of Form in Ecocriticism

Nishi Pulugurtha: Refugees, Settlers and Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide

Sissy Helff: Sea of Transformation: Re-Writing Australianness in the Light of Whaling

Kylie Crane: Tracking the Tassie Tiger: Extinction and Ethics in Julia Leigh’s The Hunter

Claudia Duppé: Asset or Home? Ecopolitical Ethics in Patricia Grace’s Potiki

Anke Uebel: Imaginary Restraints: Michael Crummey’s River Thieves and the Beothuk of Newfoundland

(De)Colonized Nature(s)

Astrid Feldbrügge: The Human and the Non-Human World in Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness and The Whale Caller

Marion Fries-Dieckmann: "Castaways in the Very Heart of the City": Island and Metropolis in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe

Michael Mayer: When Trees Become Kings: Nature as a Decolonizing Force in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Silke Stroh: Towards a Postcolonial Environment? Nature, 'Native', and Nation in Scottish Representations of the Oil Industry

(Re)Framing Ecological Disasters

Mark A. McCutcheon: The Medium is … the Monster? Global Aftermathematics in Canadian Articulations of Frankenstein

Greg Garrard: Reading as an Animal: Ecocriticism and Darwinism in Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan

Giuseppina Botta: Faustian Dreams and Apocalypse in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

Ingrid-Charlotte Wolter: Science as Deconstruction of Natural Identity: Arthur Conan Doyle’s "When the World Screamed" and Margaret
Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

Nils Zumbansen and Marcel Fromme: Ecocatastrophes in Recent American (Non-)Fictional Texts and Films

Nicole Schröder: Framing Disaster: Images of Nature, Media, and Representational Strategies in Hollywood Disaster Movies

(Re)Negotiating Eth(n)ic Spaces

Sawako Taniyama: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Ice Palace": Climate, Culture, and Stereotypes

Susanne Gruss: Sex and the City?: Ecofeminism and the Urban Experience in Angela Carter, Anne Enright and Bernardine Evaristo

Florian Niedlich: Travel as Transgression: Claude McKay’s Banana Bottom, J.M. Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K, and Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album

Ines Detmers: Global Minds and Local Mentalities: 'Topographies of Terror' in Salman Rushdie’s Fury and Shalimar the Clown

Notes on Contributors

Word & Image in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures.
ASNEL Papers 14.
Meyer, Michael (ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2009.




Verbal imagery and visual images as well as the intricate relationships between verbal and visual representations have long
shaped the imagination and the practice of intercultural relationships. The contributions to this volume take a fresh look at the ideology of form, especially the gendered and racial implications of the gaze and the voice in various media and intermedial transformations. Analyses of how culturally specific forms of visual and verbal expression are individually understood and manipulated complement reflections on the potential and limitations of representation. The juxtaposition of visual and verbal signifiers explores the gap between them as a space beyond cultural boundaries.

Topics treated include:

Caliban; English satirical iconotexts; Oriental travel writing and illustration; expatriate description and picturesque illustration of Edinburgh; ethnographic film; African studio photography; South African cartoons; imagery, ekphrasis, and race in South African art and fiction; face and visuality, representation and memory in Asian fiction; Bollywood; Asian historical film; Asian-British pop music; Australian landscape in painting and fiction; indigenous children’s fiction from Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, and the USA; Canadian photography; Native Americans in film.

Writers and artists discussed include:

Philip Kwame Apagya; the Asian Dub Foundation; Breyten Breytenbach; Richard Burton; Peter Carey; Gurinder Chadha; Daniel Chodowiecki; J.M. Coetzee; Ashutosh Gowariker; Patricia Grace; W. Greatbatch; Hogarth; Francis K. Honny; Jim Jarmusch; Robyn Kahukiwa; Seydou Keita; Thomas King; Vladyana Krykorka; Alfred Kubin; Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak; Kathleen and Michael Lacapa; László Lakner; George Littlechild; Ken Lum; Franz Marc; Zakes Mda; Ketan Mehta; M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam); Timothy Mo; William Kent Monkman; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; John Hamilton Mortimer; Sidney Nolan; Jean Rouch; Salman Rushdie; William Shakespeare; Robert Louis Stevenson; Richard Van Camp; Zapiro.

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Illustrations and Permissions


Michael Meyer: Word & Image – Gaze & Spectacle

Colonial Representations

Daniel Jaczminski: Liberating the Strange Fish. Visual Representations of Caliban and Their Successive Emancipation from Shakespeare
's Original Text

Peter Wagner: Hogarth and the Other

Patricia Plummer: "The free treatment of topics usually taboo’d". Glimpses of the Harem in Eighteenth- and
Nineteenth-Century Literature and the Fine Arts

Cordula Lemke: Tourist Places, Other Gazes. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edinburgh

Postcolonial Representations

Gisela Feurle: "Picture is a Silent Talker" (Apagya). African Studio Photography in the English Classroom

Sonja Altnöder: A Black and White Nation? The 'New' South Africa in Zapiro’s Cartoons

Marita Wenzel: Zakes Mda’s Representation of South African Reality in Ways of Dying, The Madonna of Excelsior and The Whale

Heilna du Plooy: Looking Out and Looking In. The Dynamic Use of Words and Images in the Oeuvre of Breyten Breytenbach

Susan Arndt: Whiteness as a Category of Literary Analysis. Racializing Markers and Race-Evasiveness in J.M. Coetzee’s

Ann Spangenberg: "Just for show". Visuality in Timothy Mo’s The Monkey King

Laurence Petit: On Pickles, Pictures, and Words: Pick-torial Preservation and Verbal Self-Regeneration in Salman Rushdie’s
Midnight’s Children

Lucia Krämer: "Neither united nor separated". Negotiating Difference in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan and Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey

Christine Vogt-William: Transcultural Gender Interrogations in Bride and Prejudice. Intertextual Encounters of the South Asian Diasporic Kind

Rainer Emig: Missing in Act(i)on. Asian-British Pop Music Between Resistance and Commercialization

Renate Brosch: Vernacular Landscape. Narrative Space in Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang

Michaela Moura-Koçoglu: Regaining the Past and Shaping the Present. Indigenous Children’s Fiction from Aotearoa
New Zealand, Canada, and the USA

Nicole Schröder: Between Words and Images. Negotiating the Meaning of Home in Ken Lum’s There Is No Place Like Home

Jens Martin Gurr: The Mass-Slaughter of Native Americans in Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man. A Complex Interplay of Word and Image

Notes on Contributors

Michael Meyer teaches in the Department of English at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany). He has published on colonial and postcolonial literature, Gothic fiction and film, British art, autobiography, poetry, short fiction, and teaching literature..

Translation of Cultures.
ASNEL Papers 13.
Rüdiger, Petra and Konrad Gross (Eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2009.




Perhaps more than in any other period in modern history, our globalized present is characterized by a constant interaction of, and exposure to, different peoples, regions, ways of life, traditions, languages, and cultures. Cross-boundary communication today comes in various shapes: as mutual exchange, open dialogue, enforced process, misunderstanding, or even violent conflict. In this situation, 'translation' has become an inevitable requirement in order to ease the flow of disinterested and unbiased cultural communication. The contributors to this collection approach the subject of the 'translation of cultures' from various angles. Translation refers, of course, to the rendering of texts from one language into another and the shift between languages under precolonial (retelling/transcreation), colonial (domestication), and postcolonial (multilingual trafficking) conditions. It is also concerned with the (in-) adequacy of the Western translation concept of equivalence, the problem of the (un)translatability of cultures, and new postcolonial approaches (representation through translation). Translation here is used as a broader term covering the interaction of cultures, the transfer of cultural experience, the concern with cultural borders, the articulation of liminal experience, and intercultural understanding.

Table of Contents

Petra Rüdiger and Konrad Gross: Translation of Cultures: An Introduction

Translatability and Untranslatability of Cultures

Omotayo Oloruntoba-Oju: Translation, Adaptation, and Intertextuality in African Drama: Wole Soyinka, Zulu Sofola, Ola Rotimi

Joseph Swann: Open Boundaries: Encountering Nissim Ezekiel and A.K. Ramanujan

Petra Rüdiger: 'Nordism': The Translation of 'Orientalism' into a Canadian Concept

Monica Bottez: Translation of Romanian Culture in Kenneth Radu’s Fiction

Eva Knopp: 'There are no jokes in paradise': Humour as a Politics of Representation in Recent Texts and Films from the British Migratory Contact-Zone

Ursula Kluwick: Postcolonial Literatures on a Global Market: Packaging the 'Mysterious East' for Western Consumption

Travel and Translation in the Contact Zone

Tobias Döring: Transporting Ceylon: Robert Knox (1681) and the Temptations of Translation

Joanna Collins: Transcribing Colonial Australia: Strategies of Translation in the Work of Rosa Campbell Praed and Daisy Bates

Translation of the Transcultural Self

Michaela Moura-Koçoglu: Swarming with Ghosts and Turehus: Indigenous Language and Concepts in Contemporary Maori Writing

Christine Vogt-William: Of Serpents and Swastikas: Transcultural Interrogations in Two Poems by Indian Women Writers of the Diaspora

Kirsten Sandrock: Scottish Territories and Canadian Identity: Regional Aspects in the Literature of Alistair MacLeod

Agnese Fidecaro: "But who is that on the other side of you?" Translation, Materiality, and the Question of the Other in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day

Sabine Schlüter: Deconstructing the Canadian Mosaic: Heaven by George F. Walker

Postcolonial Multilingualism

Timo Lothmann: Functional Equivalence Revisited: Adequacy and Conflict in the Tok Pisin Bible Translation

Christine Möller: The History and Future of Bilingual Education: Immersion Teaching in Germany and its Canadian Origins

Silke Stroh: Transperipheral Translations? Native North America/Scottish Gaelic Connections

Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju: Translation Shifts in African Women’s Writing: The Example of Nigeria

Marie Chantale Mofin Noussi: Translation, Multilingualism, and Linguistic Hybridity: A Study of The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda.

Transcultural English Studies.
Theories, Fictions, Realities.

ASNEL Papers 12.
SCHULZE-ENGLER, Frank & Sissy HELFF (Eds.) editorial assistance from Claudia Perner and Christine Vogt-William
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2008.




What is most strikingly new about the transcultural is its sudden ubiquity. Following in the wake of previous concepts in cultural and literary studies such as creolization, hybridity, and syncretism, and signalling a family relationship to terms such as transnationality, translocality, and transmigration, 'transcultural' terminology has unobtrusively but powerfully edged its way into contemporary theoretical and critical discourse. The four sections of this volume denote major areas where 'transcultural' questions and problematics have come to the fore: theories of culture and literature that have sought to account for the complexity of culture in a world increasingly characterized by globalization, transnationalization, and interdependence; realities of individual and collective life-worlds shaped by the ubiquity of phenomena and experiences relating to transnational connections and the blurring of cultural boundaries; fictions in literature and other media that explore these realities, negotiate the fuzzy edges of 'ethnic' or 'national' cultures, and participate in the creation of transnational public spheres as well as transcultural imaginations and memories; and, finally, pedagogy and didactics, where earlier models of teaching 'other' cultures are faced with the challenge of coming to terms with cultural complexity both in what is being taught and in the people it is taught to, and where 'target cultures' have become elusive. The idea of 'locating' culture and literature exclusively in the context of ethnicities or nations is rapidly losing plausibility throughout an 'English-speaking world' that has long since been multi- rather than monolingual. Exploring the prospects and contours of 'Transcultural English Studies' thus reflects a set of common challenges and predicaments that in recent years have increasingly moved centre stage not only in the New Literatures in English, but also in British and American studies.

Table of Contents

Frank SCHULZE-ENGLER: Introduction

Theoretical Perspectives

Wolfgang WELSCH: On the Acquisition and Possession of Commonalities

Gisela WELZ: Multiple Modernities: The Transnationalization of Cultures

Virginia RICHTER: Authenticity: Why We Still Need It Although It Doesn’t Exist

Sissy HELFF: Shifting Perspectives: The Transcultural Novel

Ruth MAYER: The Dangers of Diaspora: Some Thoughts About the Black Atlantic

Dirk WIEMANN: The Times of India: Transcultural Temporalities in Theory and Fiction

Peter STUMMER: Lakshman’s Journal: An Essay in Narratology and the Barbs of Transculturality

Transcultural Realities

Mike PHILLIPS: Broken Borders: Migration, Modernity and English Writing – Transcultural Transformation in the Heart of Europe

Axel STÄHLER: From the Belly of the Fish: Jewish Writers in English in Israel: Transcultural Perspectives

Pascal FISCHER: Linguistic Dimensions of Jewish-American Literature

Edith SHILLUE: Eluding Containment: Orality and the Ordnance Survey Memoir in Ireland

Kerstin KNOPF: Atanarjuat: Fast Running and Electronic Storytelling in the Arctic

Michaela MOURA-KOÇOGLU: Manifestation of Self and/or Tribal Identity? Maori Writing in the Global Maelstrom

Sabrina BRANCATO: Transcultural Perspectives in Caribbean Poetry

Transcultural Fictions

Mark STEIN: The Location of Transculture

Eva Ulrike PIRKER: 'Final Passages'? Representations of Black British History in Caryl Phillips’s Novel and Its Television

Barbara SCHAFF: Trying to Escape, Longing to Belong: Roots, Genes and Performativity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Hari Kunzru’s
The Impressionist

Nadia BUTT: Fictions of Transcultural Memory: Zulfikar Ghose’s The Triple Mirror of the Self as an Imaginative Reconstruction of the Self in Multiple Worlds

Christine VOGT-WILLIAM: Routes to the Roots: Transcultural Ramifications in Bombay Talkie

Katja SARKOWSKY: Beyond the Contact Zone? Mapping Transcultural Spaces in Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen and Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach

Silke STROH: The Long Shadow of Tacitus: Classical and Modern Colonial Discourses in the Eighteenth- and Early-Nineteenth-Century
Scottish Highlands

Teaching Transculturality

Sabine DOFF: Inter- and/or Transcultural Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom? Theoretical Foundations and Practical

Michael C. PRUSSE: Towards a Cosmopolitan Readership: New Literatures in English in the Classroom

Laurenz VOLKMANN: Teaching Hanif Kureishi

Kanaka Bashyam SANKARAN: A New Dialogue at the Periphery? Teaching Postcolonial African, Black American, and Indian Writings in

Look, See, and Say: Photographs of Africa in a Cultural Perspective

Detlev GOHRBANDT: Transcultural Communication, Poetics, and Viewer Response in Photography

Gisela FEURLE: Teaching and Learning with Photographs of Africa

Notes on Contributors.

Embracing the Other.
Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English.

ASNEL Papers 11.
MOHR, Dunja M. (Ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2008.




In the wake of addressing multiculturalism, transculturalism, racism, and ethnicity, the issue of xenophobia and xenophilia has been somewhat marginalized. The present collection seeks, from a variety of angles, to investigate the relations between Self and Other in the New Literatures in English. How do we register differences and what does an embrace signify for both Self and Other? The contributors deal with a variety of topics, ranging from theoretical reflections on xenophobia, its exploration in terms of intertextuality and New Zealand/Maori historiography, to analyses of migrant and border narratives, and issues of transitionality, authenticity, and racism in Canada and South Africa. Others negotiate identity and alterity in Nigerian, Malaysian, Australian, Indian, Canadian, and Caribbean texts, or reflect on diaspora and orientalism in Australian-Asian and West Indian contexts.

Table of Contents

Embracing the Other: An Introduction


Susan N. KIGULI: One Wing; Home Floats in the Distance; Floating My Presence; Stories Retold

Theory, Writing History, and Textuality

Edwin THUMBOO: Conditions of Cross-Cultural Perceptions: The Other Looks Back

Judith DELL PANNY: Benign Xenophobia? The Testimony of Maori Literature

Russell WEST-PAVLOV: 'Daft Questions': Xenophobia, Teaching, and Social Semiosis in Caribbean-British Fiction: Using Intertextuality and Narratology to Analyze a Text by David Dabydeen

Migrant and Border Narratives

Mala PANDURANG: How Brave Is Our New World?

Danilo Victorino MANARPAAC: Desire and Loathing in Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart and Bienvenido Santos’s The Man Who
(Thought He) Looked Like Robert Taylor

Vera ALEXANDER: "Worlds of Disenchantment": Alienation and Change in Adib Khan’s Seasonal Adjustments

Dipli SAIKIA: Writing From the Border, Doing Away With Margins: Carl Muller’s Sri Lankan Burgher Narrative

Virginia RICHTER: The Civilized Ape

Transitional States

Martin GENETSCH: Race and Racism in Contemporary Canadian Fiction: M.G. Vassanji’s No New Land

Jochen PETZOLD: White Angst in South Africa: The Apocalyptic Visions of John Conyngham

Natividad MARTÍNEZ MARÍN: Nadine Gordimer’s Later Novels: Or, The Fiction of Otherness

Negotiating Identity and Alterity

Mary E. MODUPE KOLAWOLE: Multicultural Strategies and Alterity: Transgressing the Other in Contemporary Nigerian Women’s Short

Raihanah M.M.: The Other Within: The Malaysian Experience

J&oouml;rg HEINKE: The Resistance to Being (Em)Braced: Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs and David Malouf’s Johnno

Sandhya PATEL: The Difficulty of Being: Reading and Speaking in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things

Laurenz VOLKMANN: The Quest for Identity in Benjamin Zephaniah’s Poetry

Diaspora and Orientalism

David S. LA BRECHE : Stereotype, Prejudice, and Illusion in the Austral-Asian Otherworld

Sissy HELFF: Desired Exotica: Gendered Spaces in Queer West Indian Diasporic Fiction

Canadian and South African Theatre

Ginny RATSOY: Dramatizing Alterity: Relational Characterization in Postcolonial British Columbia Plays

Henning SCHÄFER: Disappointing Expectations: Native Canadian Theatre and the Politics of Authenticity

Haike FRANK: Embracing Oneself and the Other: Overcoming Racial Hatred in South African Drama

Notes on Contributors.

Global Fragments.
(Dis)Orientation in the New World Order.

ASNEL Papers 10.
BARTELS, Anke & Dirk WIEMANN (Eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2007.




While the world seems to be getting ever smaller and globalization has become the ubiquitous buzz-word, regionalism and fragmentation also abound. This might be due to the fact that, far from being the alleged production of cultural homogeneity, the global is constantly re-defined and altered through the local. This tension, pervading much of contemporary culture, has an obvious special relevance for the new varieties of English and the literature published in English world-wide. Postcolonial literatures exist at the interface of English as a hegemonic medium and its many national, regional and local competitors that transform it in the new English literatures. Thus any exploration of a globalization of cultures has to take into account the fact that culture is a complex field characterized by hybridization, plurality, and difference. But while global or transnational cultures may allow for a new cosmopolitanism that produces ever-changing, fluid identities, they do not give rise to an egalitarian 'global village' – an asymmetry between centre and periphery remains largely intact, albeit along new parameters.
The essays collected in this volume offer readings of literary, theoretical, and filmic texts from the postcolonial world. These texts are read as attempts to articulate the global with the local from a perspective of immersion in the actual diversity of life-worlds, focusing on such issues as consumption, identity-politics, and modes of affiliation. In this sense, they are global fragments: locally refractured figurations of an experience of world-wide interconnectedness.

Table of Contents

Global Fragments: An Introduction

Glocal Identities: Mapping, Itineraries, Memories

Russell WEST-PAVLOV: Contemporary Asian-Australian Identities: Hsu-Ming Teo’s Love and Vertigo

Anja SCHWARZ: Mapping (Un-)Australian Identities: 'Territorial Disputes' in Christos Tsiolkas' Loaded

Mala PANDURANG: Understanding Departure: A Study of Select Pre-Migration Indian Female Subjectivities

Frank SCHULZE-ENGLER: Black, Asian, and Other British: Transcultural Literature and the Discreet Charm of Ethnicity

Consuming Globality: Performance, Difference, Desire

Mita BANERJEE: Indian Diaspora Meets Indo-Chic: Fragmentation, Fashion, and Resistance in Meera Syal’s Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee

Christine VOGT-WILLIAM: Bhangra Babes: 'Masala' Music and Questions of Identity and Integration in South Asian-British Women’s

Ulrike KISTNER: AIDS, Pornography, and Conspicuous Consumption: Media Strategies of an HIV/AIDS Prevention Campaign in South

Justyna DESZCZ-TRYHUBCZAK: The Global Bidding for Dorothy Gale’s Magical Shoes: Salman Rushdie’s "At the Auction of the
Ruby Slippers" as a (Self-) Reflection on the Post-Frontier Predicament

Imagining Communities: Representation, Distortion, Affiliation

Kerstin KNOPF: Imagining Indians: Subverting Global Media Politics in the Local Media

Dieter RIEMENSCHNEIDER: Of Warriors, a Whalerider, and Venetians: Contemporary Maori Films

Dirk WIEMANN: Teaming Multitudes: Lagaan and the Nation in Globality

Kirsten RAUPACH: "Blanched Bones, Mouldering Graves and Potent Spells": White Constructions of Black Diasporic Rituals in
Slave Culture

Silke STROH: Scotland as a Multifractured Postcolonial Go-Between? Ambiguous Interfaces between (Post-)Celticism, Gaelicness,
Scottishness and Postcolonialism

Constructing Common Ground: Networks, Concepts, Images

Tabish KHAIR: Universal Matters; Universals Matter

Frank LAY: Local Knowledge – Global Resistance: Policies of a New Technological "Enlightenment"

Andreas HEPP: Networks of the Media: Media Cultures, Connectivity, and Globalization

Emer O’SULLIVAN: At the Periphery of the Periphery: Children’s Literature, Global and Local

Local Colour in Global English

Rajend MESTHRIE: Dialect Representation versus Linguistic Stereotype in Literature: Three Examples from Indian South African

Anne SCHR?-DER: Camfranglais: A Language with Several (Sur)Faces and Important Sociolinguistic Functions

Teaching New English Literatures and Cultures

Liesel HERMES: Henry Lawson’s "The Drover’s Wife" and the Australian Short Story

Laurenz VOLKMANN: West Meets East / East Meets West? Teaching William Sutcliffe’s Cult Novel Are You Experienced? (1997)

Claudia DUPPÉ & Manfred GANTNER: Read the Texts and Let Them Speak, Too: Teaching New Zealand Poetry in the Sixth Form

Gisela FEURLE: Teaching the New South Africa: The Cartoon Strip Madam & Eve.


Towards a Transcultural Future.
Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World.

ASNEL Papers 9.2.
DAVIS, Geoffrey V., Peter H. MARSDEN, Bénédicte LEDENT & Marc DELREZ (Eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2005.




This second collection, complementing ASNEL Papers 9.1, covers a similar range of writers, topics, themes and issues, all focusing on present-day transcultural issues and their historical antecedents:


Preparing for post-apartheid in South African fiction; Maori culture and the New Historicism; Danish-New Zealand acculturation; linguistic approaches to 'void'; women’s overcoming in Southern African writing; new post-apartheid approaches to literary studies; Afrikanerdom; postmodern psychoanalytic interpretations of Indian religion and identity; transcultural identity in the encounter with London: Malaysian, Nigerian, Pakistani; hypertextual postmodernism; fictionalized multiculturalism and female madness in Australian fiction; myopia and double vision in colonial Australia; Native-American fiction and poetry; Chinese-Canadian and Japanese-Canadian multiculturalism; the postcolonial city; African-American identity and postcolonial Africa; Johannesburg as locus of literary and dramatic creativity; theatre before and after apartheid; the black experience in England.


Lalithambika Antherjanam; Ayi Kwei Armah; J.M. Coetzee; Tsitsi Dangarembga; Helen Darville; Lauris Edmond; Buchi Emecheta; Yvonne du Fresne; Hiromi Goto; Patricia Grace; Rodney Hall; Joy Harjo; Bessie Head; Gordon Henry Jr.; Christopher Hope; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Hanif Kureishi; Keri Hulme, Lee Kok Liang; Bill Manhire; Zakes Mda; Mike Nicol; Michael Ondaatje; Alan Paton; Ravinder Randhawa; Wendy Rose; Salman Rushdie; Sipho Sepamla; Atima Srivastava; Meera Syal; Marlene van Niekerk; Yvonne Vera; Fred Wah


Ken Arvidson; Thomas Brückner; David Callahan; Eleonora Chiavetta; Marc Colavincenzo; Gordon Collier; John Douthwaite; Dorothy Driver; Claudia Duppé; Robert Fraser; Anne Fuchs; John Gamgee; D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke; Konrad Gross; Bernd Herzogenrath; Susanne Hilf; Clara A.B. Joseph; Jaroslav Kušnír; Chantal Kwast-Greff; M.Z. Malaba; Sigrun Meinig; Michael Meyer; Mike Nicol; Obododimma Oha; Vincent O’Sullivan; Judith Dell Panny; Mike Petry; Jochen Petzold; Norbert H. Platz; Malcolm Purkey; Stéphanie Ravillon; Anne Holden Rønning; Richard Samin; Cecile Sandten; Nicole Schröder; Joseph Swann; André Viola; Christine Vogt-William; Bernard Wilson; Janet Wilson; Brian Worsfold.


Katherine Gallagher; Peter Goldsworthy; Syd Harrex; Mike Nicol

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Norbert PLATZ et al.: In Memoriam Lauris Edmond (1924-2000): A Tribute


Thomas BRÜCKNER: An Anatomy of Violence: A Conversation with Mike Nicol

Mike NICOL: from The Ibis Tapestry

John DOUTHWAITE: Coetzee’s Disgrace: A Linguistic Analysis of the Opening Chapter

Dorothy DRIVER: Unruly Subjects in Southern African Writing

John GAMGEE: The White Tribe: The Afrikaner in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee

Richard SAMIN: Wholeness or Fragmentation? The New Challenges of South African Literary Studies

Brian WORSFOLD: Post-Apartheid Transculturalism in Sipho Sepamla’s Rainbow Journey and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

André VIOLA: Translating Oneself Into the New South Africa: Fiction of the 1990s

Clara JOSEPH: The S(p)ecular 'Convert': A Response to Gauri Viswanathan’s Outside the Fold

Bernard WILSON: Submerging Pasts: Lee Kok Liang’s London Does Not Belong To Me

Anne H. RØNNING: Bicultural Identities in Discourse: The Case of Yvonne du Fresne

Bernd HERZOGENRATH: The (Un)Fortunate Traveller and the Text: Bill Manhire and The Brain of Katherine Mansfield

Jaroslav KUŠNÍR: Multiculturalism in Helen Darville’s The Hand That Signed The Paper?

Chantal KWAST-GREFF: Mad 'Mad' Women: Anger, Madness, and Suffering in Recent White Australian Fiction

Sigrun MEINIG: Myopic Visions: Rodney Hall’s The Second Bridegroom

Katherine GALLAGHER: Jet Lag. My Mother’s Garden. Reckoning

Peter GOLDSWORTHY: Evil Eye. Bed

Syd HARREX: What do you see when you watch that hillside above the lake? A Lover’s Anguish in King William St. No Title. Aroma
Therapy. Screen Images


David CALLAHAN: Narrative and Moral Intelligence in Gordon Henry Jr’s The Light People

Nicole SCHR?-DER: Transcultural Negotiations of the Self: The Poetry of Wendy Rose and Joy Harjo

Judith DELL PANNY: Inside the Spiral: Maori Writing in English


Marc COLAVINCENZO: "Fables of the Reconstruction of the Fables": Multiculturalism, Postmodernism, and the Possibilities of Myth in Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms

Robert FRASER: Postcolonial Cities: Michael Ondaatje’s Toronto and Yvonne Vera’s Bulawayo

Susanne HILF: "Hybridize or Disappear": Exploring the Hyphen in Fred Wah’s Diamond Grill

D.C.R.A. GOONETILLEKE: Disillusionment With More Than India: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Heat and Dust

Obododimma OHA: Living on the Hyphen: Ayi Kwei Armah and the Paradox of the African-American Quest for a New Future and Identity in
Postcolonial Africa

M.Z. MALABA : Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in Alan Paton’s Fiction

Jochen PETZOLD: Ridiculing Rainbow Rhetoric: Christopher Hope’s Me, the Moon and Elvis Presley

Anne FUCHS: The Birth-Pangs of Empowerment: Crime and the City of Johannesburg

Malcolm PURKEY: Traps Seductive, Destructive and Productive: Theatre and the New South Africa


Eleonora CHIAVETTA: In the Eyes of the Outsider: Buchi Emecheta’s Been-To Novels

Michael MEYER: The Other Women’s Guide to English Cultures: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Buchi Emecheta

Michael HENSEN and Mike PETRY: "Searching for a Sense of Self": Postmodernist Theories of Identity and the Novels of
Salman Rushdie

Stéphanie RAVILLON: An Introduction to Salman Rushdie’s Hybrid Aesthetic: The Satanic Verses

Cecile SANDTEN: East is West: Hanif Kureishi’s Urban Hybrids and Atima Srivastava’s Metropolitan Yuppies

Christine VOGT-WILLIAM: Rescue Me? No, Thanks! A Wicked Old Woman and Anita and Me

Notes on Contributors.

Towards a Transcultural Future.
Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World.

ASNEL Papers 9.1.
DAVIS, Geoffrey V., Peter H. MARSDEN, Bénédicte LEDENT & Marc DELREZ (Eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2004.




This collection has one central theoretical focus, viz. stock-taking essays on the present and future status of postcolonialism, transculturalism, nationalism, and globalization. These are complemented by 'special' angles of entry (e.g. 'dharmic ethics') and by considerations of the global impress of technology (African literary studies and the Internet).
Further essays have a focus on literary-cultural studies in Australia (the South Asian experience) and New Zealand (ecopoetics; a Central European émigrée perspective on the nation; the unravelling of literary nationalism; transplantation and the trope of translation).
The thematic umbrella, finally, covers studies of such topics as translation and interculturalism (the transcendental in Australian and Indian fiction; African Shakespeares; Canadian narrative and First-Nations story templates); anglophone / francophone relations (the writing and rewriting of crime fiction in Africa and the USA; utopian fiction in Quebec); and syncretism in post-apartheid South African theatre.
Some of the authors treated in detail are: Janet Frame; Kapka Kassabova; Elizabeth Knox; Annamarie Jagose; Denys Trussell; David Malouf; Patrick White; Yasmine Gooneratne; Raja Rao; Robert Kroetsch; Thomas King; Chester Himes; Julius Nyerere; Ayi Kwei Armah; Léopold Sédar Senghor; Simon Njami; Abourahman Waberi; Lueen Conning; Nuruddin Farah; Athol Fugard; Frantz Fanon; Julia Kristeva; Shakespeare. The collection is rounded off by creative writing (prose, poetry, and drama) by Bernard Cohen, Jan Kemp, Vincent O’Sullivan, Andrew Sant, and Sujay Sood.

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Permissions and Illustrations

Hena MAES-JELINEK: Postcolonial Criticism at the Crossroads: Subjective Questionings of an Old-Timer

Bernard COHEN: From Foreign Logics


Graham HUGGAN: Postcolonialism, Globalization, and the Rise of (Trans)cultural Studies

Sandra PONZANESI: Beyond Postcolonial Theory? Paradoxes and Potentialities of a Necessary Paradigm

Frank SCHULZE-ENGLER: From Postcolonial to Preglobal: Transnational Culture and the Resurgent Project of Modernity

Sujay SOOD: An Introduction to Dharmic Ethics

Dominique BEDIAKO: African Literary Studies and the Internet: No Territory for Africans

Babila J. MUTIA: Meaning in Character: Armah’s Teacher in The Beautyful Ones Revisited

Virginia RICHTER: A New Desire for the grands récits? Rereading Senghor and Fanon

Anna J. SMITH: Nationalist Without a Nation: Kapka Kassabova

Janet WILSON: New Zealand Literary Nationalism and the Transcultural Future, or: Will the Centre Hold?


Denys TRUSSELL: Poetry as Translation of History and Nature: The Poem Archipelago and the Ecopoetic Paradigm in the Pacific

JAN KEMP: Queen of the Castle; Blue Irises

Vincent O’SULLIVAN: Lucky table; Reading the Russians; Poetry, oh yes!

Andrew SANT: Islandhood; A Firework Maker on the Domestic Front; The Fireworks Lesson


Krishna BARUA: The Dancing Prankster or the Enlightened Seer? Raja Rao’s The Cat and Shakespeare and Patrick White’s The
Solid Mandala

Bernth LINDFORS: "Beware the Ides of March": Amending Julius Nyerere’s Julius Caesar

Ilka SAAL: Taking on The Tempest: Problems of Postcolonial Re/presentation

Barbara SCHMIDT-HABERKAMP: Cross-Cultural Experience and Existence in Yasmine Gooneratne’s Novel A Change of Skies

Russell WEST: Translator In Transit: Postcolonial Identities in Transformation on the Pacific Rim; Annamarie Jagose’s In

Gundula WILKE : Storytelling as a Process of Transcultural Mediation: The Examples of Robert Kroetsch and Thomas King


Adele KING: Connections: Simon Njami/Chester Himes; Abourahman Waberi/Nuruddin Farah

Maîtres chez nous – Masters in Our Own House:

Ralph PORDZIK: The Treatment of Quebec Separatism in Canadian Projective Fiction


Haike FRANK: The Revival of Storytelling in Post-Apartheid South African Theatre: Identity-Construction in Lueen Conning’s A
Coloured Place and and Athol Fugard and The Cast’s My Life

Sujay SOOD: The Man of Man

List of Contributors.

Towards a Transcultural Future.
Literature and Human Rights in a 'Post'-Colonial World.

ASNEL Papers 8.
MARSDEN, Peter H. & Geoffrey V. DAVIS (Eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2004.




"This well produced book contains much of value…"
NELM News, Vol.45, December 2006.

Studying postcolonial literatures in English can (and indeed should) make a human rights activist of the reader – there is, after all, any amount of evidence to show the injustices and inhumanity thrown up by processes of decolonization and the struggle with past legacies and present corruptions. Yet the human-rights aspect of postcolonial literary studies has been somewhat marginalized by scholars preoccupied with more fashionable questions of theory.
The present collection seeks to redress this neglect, whereby the definition of human rights adopted is intentionally broad. The volume reflects the human rights situation in many countries from Mauritius to New Zealand, from the Cameroon to Canada. It includes a focus on the Malawian writer Jack Mapanje.
The contributors' concerns embrace topics as varied as denotified tribes in India, female genital mutilation in Africa, native residential schools in Canada, political violence in Northern Ireland, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the discourse of the Treaty of Waitangi. The editors hope that the very variety of responses to the invitation to reflect on questions of "Literature and Human Rights" will both stimulate further discussion and prompt action.

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Letter from Mary Robinson’s office

Jack Mapanje’s address to the conference

Letter from Dr. Hastings Banda

James GIBBS: Still in Bounds

James GIBBS: The Back-Seat Critic and the Front-Line Poet: The Case of Jack Mapanje, Scholar, Teacher, Poet, Detainee, Exile

Ahmed SALEH: Interview with Jack Mapanje

Edward O. AKO: Nationalism in Recent Cameroon Anglophone Literature

Hilarious N. AMBE: The Anglophone-Francophone Marriage and Anglophone Dramatic Compositions in the Cameroon Republic

Wumi RAJI: Ken Saro-Wiwa’s "Four Farcical Plays" and the Postcolonial Imagination

Karen KING-ARIBISALA: Picnic at Ekpe

Don MATTERA: Sea and sand

Sindiwe MAGONA: Reading from To My Children’s Children

Lesego RAMPOLOKENG: A play, this land is the stage

Lesego RAMPOLOKENG: The Fela Sermon (for Thomas Brückner)

Chantal ZABUS: Between Rites and Rights: Excision on Trial in African Women’s Texts and Human Contexts

Chandra CHATTERJEE: Anita Desai: The Compulsions of a Cosmetic Setting

J.U. JACOBS: Reconciling Languages in Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull

Johannes A. SMIT: When 'Trek', 'Gulf' and 'Guilt' Go

Stuart MARLOW: The Dramaturgy of Political Violence: Challenges to Accepted Notions of Dramatic Discourse

Ken ARVIDSON: Testing Our Limits: Regionalism, Nationalism, and Selfhood in the Anglophone Literature/s of Oceania

Dieter RIEMENSCHNEIDER: "Governor high up, up, up, and Te Kemara down low, small, a worm, a crawler": The political and
poetic discourse of the Treaty of Waitangi

Robert SULLIVAN: Chippewa Band of Nawash First Nation, Cape Croker Reservation, Georgian Bay, Canada

Robert SULLIVAN: Literature and Human Rights

Jamie S. SCOTT: Residential Schools and Native Canadian Writers

Lee MARACLE: Raven Understood

Mark SHACKLETON: Monique Mojica’s Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots and Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water: Countering
Misrepresentations of 'Indianness' in Recent Native North American Writing

Maggie Ann BOWERS: Eco-Criticism in a (Post-)Colonial Context and Leslie Marmon Silo’s Almanac of the dead

Lindsey COLLEN: Darkness, the Mother of

G.N. DEVY: For a Nomad called Thief

Rajiva WIJESINHA: Richard de Zoysa: His Life, Some Work…and a Death

Peter O. STUMMER: The New Cultural Divide: The Image of China and the Chinese (Literary) Diaspora

Jogamaya BAYER: Is the Coming of Justice Infinitely Deferred?

Gallery of Contributors and Subjects

Notes on Contributors.

The Politics of English as a World Language.
New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies.

ASNEL Papers 7.
MAIR, Christian (Ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2003.




"…an immensely enjoyable collection of essays…"
Anglia, Band 123, Heft 1, 2005.

The complex politics of English as a world language provides the backdrop both for linguistic studies of varieties of English around the world and for postcolonial literary criticism. The present volume offers contributions from linguists and literary scholars that explore this common ground in a spirit of open interdisciplinary dialogue.
Leading authorities assess the state of the art to suggest directions for further research, with substantial case studies ranging over a wide variety of topics – from the legitimacy of language norms of lingua franca communication to the recognition of newer post-colonial varieties of English in the online OED. Four regional sections treat the Caribbean (including the diaspora), Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Australasia and the Pacific Rim.
Each section maintains a careful balance between linguistics and literature, and external and indigenous perspectives on issues. The book is the most balanced, complete and up-to-date treatment of the topic to date.

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Christian MAIR: Linguistics, Literature and the Postcolonial Englishes: An Introduction


Alastair PENNYCOOK: Beyond Homogeny and Heterogeny: English as a Global and Worldly Language

Robert Phillipson: English for the Globe, or Only for Globe-Trotters? The world of the EU

Tove SKUTNABB-KANGAS: Linguistic Diversity and Biodiversity: The Threat from Killer Languages

Michael TOOLAN: English as the Supranational Language of Human Rights?

Peter MÜHLHÄUSLER: English as an Exotic Language

Richard J. ALEXANDER: G.lobal L.anguages O.ppress B.ut L.iberating, Too: The Dialectics of English

Photis LYSANDROU and Yvonne LYSANDROU : Proregression and Dynamic Stasis: The Ambivalent Impact of English as Reflected in
Postcolonial Writing

Susanne MÜHLEISEN: Towards Global Diglossia? English in the Sciences and the Humanities

Jennie PRICE: The Recording of Vocabulary from the Major Varieties of English in the Oxford English Dictionary

Barbara SEIDLHOFER and Jennifer JENKINS: English as a Lingua Franca and the Politics of Property


Hubert DEVONISH: Language Advocacy and 'Conquest' Diglossia in the 'Anglophone' Caribbean

Hazel SIMMONS-McDONALD: Decolonizing English: The Caribbean Counter-Thrust

Fiona DARROCH: Re-Reading the Religious Bodies of Postcolonial Literature

Michael MEYER: An African’s Trouble with His Masters' Voices

Petra TOURNAY : Home, Hybridity and (post)colonial Discourse in Caryl Phillips’s A State of Independence


Nkonko M. KAMWANGAMALU: When 2+9= 1: English and the Politics of Language Planning in a Multilingual Society: South Africa

KEMBO-SURE: The Democratization of Language Policy: A Cultural-Linguistic Analysis of the Status of English in Kenya

Safari T.A. MAFU: Postcolonial Language Planning in Tanzania: What Are the Difficulties and What is the Way Out?

Eleonora CHIAVETTA: "Hear from my own lips": The Language of Women’s Autobiographies

Dagmar DEUBER and Patrick OLOKO: Linguistic and Literary Development of Nigerian Pidgin: The Contribution of Radio Drama

Haike FRANK: "That’s all out of shape": Language and Racism in South African Drama

Helga RAMSEY-KURZ: Beyond the Domain of Literacy: The Illiterate Other in The Heart of the Matter, Things Fall Apart and Waiting for the Barbarians

Richard SAMIN: "The nuisance one learns to put up with": English as a Linguistic Compromise in Es’kia Mphahlele’s


D.C.R.A. GOONETILLEKE: The Interface of Language, Literature and Politics in Sri Lanka: A Paradigm for Ex-Colonies of Britain
Premila PAUL: The Master’s Language and its Indian Uses

Rajiva WIJESINHA: Bringing Back the Bathwater: New Initiatives in English Policy in Sri Lanka

Vera ALEXANDER: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Amit Chaudhuri’s Afternoon Raag and Yasmine Gooneratne’s A Change of Skies

Yvette TAN: Imperial Pretensions and The Pleasures of Conquest

Christine VOGT-WILLIAM: "Language is the skin of my thought": Language Relations in Ancient Promises and The God of Small


PETER H. MARSDEN: From "carefully modulated murmur" to "not a place for sooks": New Zealand Ways of Writing

Michelle KEOWN: Maori or English? The Politics of Language in Patricia Grace’s Baby No-Eyes

Janet HOLMES, Maria STUBBE and Meredith MARRA: Language, Humour and Ethnic Identity Marking in New Zealand English

Erika HASEBE-LUDT: Métissage and Memory: The Politics of Literacy Education in Canadian

Curriculum and Classrooms

Kerstin KNOPF: "Joseph you know him he don trus dah Anglais" Or: English as Postcolonial Language in Canadian Indigenous

Danilo MANARPAAC: "When I was a child I spake as a child": Reflecting on the Limits of a
Nationalist Language Policy


Missions of Interdependence.
A Literary Directory.

ASNEL Papers 6.
STILZ, Gerhard (Ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2002.




At the beginning of the twenty-first century it is necessary to combine into a productive programme the striving for individual emancipation and the social practice of humanism, in order to help the world survive both the ancient pitfalls of particularist terrorism and the levelling tendencies of cultural indifference engendered by the renewed imperialist arrogance of hegemonial global capital.
In this book, thirty-five scholars address and negotiate, in a spirit of learning and understanding, an exemplary variety of intercultural splits and fissures that have opened up in the English-speaking world. Their methodology can be seen to constitute a seminal field of intellectual signposts. They point out ways and means of responsibly assessing colonial predicaments and postcolonial developments in six regions shaped in the past by the British Empire and still associated today through their allegiance to the idea of a Commonwealth of Nations. They show how a new ethic of literary self-assertion, interpretative mediation and critical responsiveness can remove the deeply ingrained prejudices, silences and taboos established by discrimination against race, class and gender.

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North America

Ulla Haselstein: Puritans and Praying Indians: Versions of TranscuIturation in Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative (1682)

Pilar Cuder Domínguez: Colonial Canada’s Forgotten Captivity Narratives: James Russell’s Matilda; or, the Indian’s Captive

Mirko Jurak: Northrop Frye and Margaret Atwood: On National Identity in Canadian Literature

Maya Petrukhina: Timothy Findley’s Look into History and War

Mark Shackleton: Tomson Highway: Colonizing Christianity versus Native Myth – From Cultural Conflict to Reconciliation

Mari Peepre: Crossing the Fields of Death in Kerri Sakamoto’s The Electrical Field (1998)

The Caribbean

Bruce King: Religion and Education in Derek Walcott’s St Lucia

John Thieme: Derek Walcott and the Light of the World

Ulrike Erichsen: "Planning a strategy to beat back those spirit thieves": Erna Brodber’s Novel Myal

Anne Collett: A Snake in the Garden of The New Yorker? An Analysis of the Disruptive Function of Jamaica Kincaid’s Gardening

Sarah Lawson Welsh: Imposing Narratives: European Incursions and Intertexts in Pauline Melville’s The Ventriloquist’s Tale

Bénédicte Ledent: "One is exiled when one refuses to obey the commandments of Conquest Mission": Religion as
Metaphor in Caryl Phillips’s Diasporic Philosophy


Jacqueline Bardolph: Moving away from the Mission: Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Versions of A Grain of Wheat

Thengani H. Ngwenya: Ideology and Self-Representation in Autobiography: The Case of Katie Makanya

Heilna Du Plooy: New Voices Rewriting the Community: Dialogic History in South Africa; A.H.M. Scholtz’s Novel Vatmaar

Eva Hunter: New War Stories: Women, Heroes and Violence in Yvonne Vera’s Novels

John C. Hawley: Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Ambiguous Adventure: Nervous Conditions and the Blandishments of Mission Education


Hyacinth Cynthia Wyatt: Resistance through Sub / mission in the Novels of R.K. Narayan

Isabel Alonso Breto: Manichaeism and Mimicry in Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Heat and Dust

Rajiva Wijesinha: A Deeper Communion: The Older Women of the Raj Quartet

Chitra Sankaran: Colonialism, Hegemony and After in Nayantara Sahgal’s Rich Like Us

Rocío G. Davis: To Dwell in Travel: Historical Ironies in Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land

Robert Ross: "Dissolving Boundaries": The Woman as Immigrant in the Fiction of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Alexandra Podgórniak: Magical Realism, Indian-Style, or the Case of Multiple Submission : The God of Small Things by
Arundhati Roy


Olga Sudlenkova: Fair Australasia: A Poet’s Farewell to Emigrants

Marc Delrez: Ambivalent Oppositionality: David Malouf’s Fly Away Peter – A European View

Ralph Pordzik: Reinventing the Future(s): Peter Carey and the Dystopian Tradition in Australian Fiction

Sigrun Meinig: Literary Lessons from the Past: Stereotypes and Intertextuality in Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs

Cynthia Vanden Driesen: The (Ad)Missions of the Colonizer: Australian Paradigms in Selected Works of Prichard, Malouf and White

Eva Rask Knudsen: Mission Completed? On Mudrooroo’s Contribution to the Politics of Aboriginal Literature in Australia

Gerry Turcotte: Mission Impossible: Mudrooroo’s Gothic Inter / Mission Statement

New Zealand and the Pacific

Bärbel Czennia: Missionaries of the British Muse: Concepts of Literary Nation-Building in Early New Zealand Poetry
in English

Peter H. Marsden: From Erewhon to Nowhere: A Leitmotif of New Zealand Poetry?

Reina Whaitiri: A Sovereign Mission: Maori Maids, Maidens and Mothers

Jean-Pierre Durix: The Sky-Piercers, Lions and Aitu: Missions and 'Traditions' in Albert Wendt’s Vision of a New Pacific



Being/s in Transit.
Travelling * Migration * Dislocation.

ASNEL Papers 5.
GLAGE, Liselotte (Ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA, 2000.




"…it brings together a marvellous mix of critical and imaginative writing…"
Wasafiri, 2001, pp.57-28.

This fifth volume of ASNEL Papers covers a wide range of theoretical and thematic approaches to the topics of travelling, migration, and dislocation. All migrants are travellers, but not all travellers are migrants. Migration and the figure of the migrant have become key concepts in recent post-colonial studies. However, migration is not such a new or exceptional phenomenon. From the eighteenth century onward there have been migrations from Europe to what are now called 'post-colonial' countries, and this prepared the ground for movement back to the old but also to the new centres of Europe and elsewhere. Travel and travel experience, on the other hand, have been part of the cultural codes not only of the West and not only of imperialism. The essays in this volume look at both kinds of movement, at their intersections, and at their (dis)locating effects. They cover a wide range of topics, from early seventeenth-century travel reports, through nineteenth-century women’s travel writing, to such contemporary writers as Michael Ondaatje and Janette Turner Hospital.

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Stan DRAGLAND: This Little Piggy; YEG – YYT (Edmonton – St. John’s, Reading Sujata Bhatt)

Peter STUMMER: On First Reading Robyn Davidson’s First Journey

Kenneth PARKER: To Travel … Hopefully?/!

Graham HUGGAN: Counter-Travel Writing and Post-Coloniality

Pauline MELVILLE: The Ventriloquist’s Tale : Prologue

Susanne STROBEL: Floating into Heaven or Hell? The river journey in Mary Kingley’s Travels in West Africa and Joseph Conrad’s Heart
of Darkness

Dieter RIEMENSCHNEIDER: One Hundred Years of Darkness. "I am no longer of Monrovia, having relocated into the Heart of the
Country": Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River (1993) writing back to Heart of Darkness (1902)

Indira GHOSE: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and the Anxiety of Empire

Nicola RENGER: Cartography, Historiography, and Identity in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient

Lindy STIEBEL: Imagining Empire’s Margins. Land in Rider Haggard’s African romances

Anja I. MÜLLER: Closure and Transgression in Janette Turner Hospital’s Oyster

Ulrike STAMM: The Role of Nature in Two Women’s Travel Accounts Appropriation and escape

Peter H. MARSDEN: When Does an Immigrant Cease to be an Immigrant? Or: How do you define a New Zealand poet? The case of
Peter Bland

Ulrike ERICHSEN: A "True-True" Voice? The problem of authenticity

Uwe ZAGRETZKI: Sea, Land, Earth. The experience of dislocation in Alistair MacLeod’s short stories.

Negotiating Boundaries in Post-Colonial Writing.

ASNEL Papers 4.
REIF-HÜLSER, Monika (Ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA, 1999.




Boundaries, borderlines, limits on the one hand and rites of passage, contact zones, in-between spaces on the other have attracted renewed interest in a broad variety of cultural discourses after a long period of decenterings and delimitations in numerous fields of social, psychological, and intellectual life.
Anthropological dimensions of the subject and its multifarious ways of world-making represent the central challenge among the concerns of the humanities. The role of literature and the arts in the formation of cultural and personal identities, theoretical and political approaches to the relation between self and other, the familiar and the foreign, have become key issues in literary and cultural studies; forms of expressivity and expression and question of mediation as well as new enquiries into ethics have characterized the intellectual energies of the past decade. The aim of Borderlands is to represent a variety of approaches to questions of border crossing and boundary transgression; approaches from different angles and different disciplines, but all converging in their own way on the post-colonial paradigm.
Topics discussed include globalization, cartography and ontology, transitional identity, ecocritical sensibility, questions of the application of post-coloniality, gender and sexuality, and attitudes towards space and place. As well as studies of the cinema of the settler colonies, the films of Neil Jordan, and 'Othering' in Canadian sports journalism, there are treatments of the Nigerian novel, South African prison memoirs, and African women’s writing. Authors examined include Elizabeth Bowen, Bruce Chatwin, Mohamed Choukri, Nuruddin Farah, Jamaica Kincaid, Pauline Melville, Bharati Mukherjee, Michael Ondaatje, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

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Frank SCHULZE-ENGLER: Changing Spaces. Globalization, Migration, and the Post-Colonial Transition.

Zbigniew BIALAS: Ambition and Distortion. An Ontological Dimension in Colonial Cartography.

Martina GHOSH-SCHELLHORN: Spaced In-Between. Transitional Identities.

J.E. ELLIOTT: What’s 'Post' in Post-Colonial Theory?


Aleida ASSMANN: Space, Place, Land. Changing Concepts of Territory in English and American Fiction.

Judie NEWMAN: Spaces In-Between. Hester Prynne as the Salem Bibi in Bharati Mukherjee’s The Holder of the World.

Monika GOMILLE: Curiosity in Post-Colonial Discourse. Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia.

Gabriele RIPPL: "I Do Not Take Messages from Dead People". Cultural, Linguistic and Personal Boundaries in Pauline
Melville’s Shape-Shifter.


Felicity HAND: Negotiating Boundaries in the Horn of Africa. Women in the Fiction of Nuruddin Farah.

Flora VEIT-WILD: Borderlines of the Body in African Women’s Writing.

Claire CONNOLLY: (Be)longing. The Strange Place of Elisabeth Bowen’s Eva Trout.

Emilia IPPOLITO: Room as a Catalyst of Differences. In Search of Autonomous Subjectivity in the Caribbean (Con)text of Jamaica


Gamal ABDEL-SHEHID: Can’t Forget Ben. Representational Ambiguities and Canadian Nationalism.

Norbert PLATZ: Rediscovering the Forgotten Space of Nature. A Plea for Ecocriticism in the New Literatures in English.

Werner SEDLAK: Ways of Appropriating Space in South African Prison Memoirs. From Ruth First to Nelson Mandela.

Jesús L?"PEZ-PELÁEZ CASELLAS: Forms of Exile in the Narrative of Mohamed Choukri and Joyce’s Portrait.


Nicholas DALY: Post-Colonial Carnival (?) Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game.

Gordon COLLIER: Catching Up on the Third World? Post-Coloniality in the Cinema of the Settler-Colonies.

Monica TURCI: People In-Between. Running in the Family as Fictional Biography.

Walter G?-BEL: Teaching Nigerian Novels. Hermeneutic and Didactic Aspects.


Monika REIF-HÜLSER: Cross-Cuts. In Lieu of a Résumé.

Across the Lines.
Intertextuality and Transcultural Communication in the New Literatures in English.

ASNEL Papers 3.
KLOOSS, Wolfgang (Ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA, 1998.




This third volume of ASNEL Papers covers a wide range of theoretical and thematic approaches to the subject of intertextuality. Intertextual relations between oral and written versions of literature, text and performance, as well as problems emerging from media transitions, regionally instructed forms of intertextuality, and the works of individual authors are equally dealt with. Intertextuality as both a creative and a critical practice frequently exposes the essential arbitrariness of literary and cultural manifestations that have become canonized. The transformation and transfer of meanings which accompanies any crossing between texts rests not least on the nature of the artistic corpus embodied in the general framework of historically and socially determined cultural traditions. Traditions, however, result from selective forms of perception; they are as much inventions as they are based on exclusion. Intertextuality leads to a constant reinforcement of tradition, while, at the same time, intertextual relations between the new literatures and other English-language literatures are all too obvious. Despite the inevitable impact of tradition, the new literatures tend to employ a dynamic reading of culture which fosters social process and transition, thus promoting transcultural rather than intercultural modes of communication. Writing and reading across borders becomes a dialogue which reveals both differences and similarities. More than a decolonizing form of deconstruction, intertextuality is a strategy for communicating meaning across cultural boundaries.

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Frank SCHULZE-ENGLER: Cross-Cultural Criticism and the Limits of Intertextuality.

Bernd SCHULTE: Unrest in the 'Mediatope'. Symptoms of hypertrophy in intercultural studies and the New Literatures from the
perspective of media theory.

Augustine OKEREKE: The Performance and the Text. Parameters for understanding oral literary performance.


Cecile SANDTEN: India, America and Germany. Interhistorical and intertextual process in the poetry of Sujata Bhatt.

Josef PESCH: Cultural Clashes? East meets West in Michael Ondaatje’s novels.

Jörg HELBIG: "Get back to where you once belonged". Hanif Kureishi’s use of the Beatles myth in The Buddha of Suburbia.

Gundula WILKE: Rewriting the Bible. Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water.


Pamela Z. DUBE: Traditional Oral Texts in New Contexts. New directions in South African performance poetry?

Susan ARNDT: Continuation and Writing Back. Igbo women writers and Ifo.

Detlev GOHRBANDT: Fable Traditions in the Stories of Doris Lessing and Bessie Head.

Gisela FEURLE: "Welcome Robinson Crusoe, welcome!". Female revoicing in Bessie Head’s Botswana Village Tales.

Mark STEIN: The Writing of a Bastard Heir. Intertextuality in Dambudzo Marechera’s early prose.

Borislava SASIC: Nuruddin Farah’s Sardines. The construction of a Somali novel on the intersection of transcultural intertextuality.


Martina GHOSH-SCHELLHORN: The White Creole Woman’s Place in Society. Ideological implications of intertextual strategies in
transcultural communication.

Tobias D?-RING: Chains of Memory. English-Caribbean cross-currents in Marina Warner’s Indigo and David Dabydeen’s Turner.

Albert-Reiner GLAAP: Speaking in Vastly Different Voices. Transcultural communication in Winsome Pinnock’s plays.

Gerhard FISCHER: Performing Multicultural and Post-Colonial Identities. Heiner Müller 'aboriginalized' by Mudrooroo (with a
postscript on Mudrooroo’s dilemmas).

Norbert SCHAFFELD: Clio’s Other Scroll. The re-writing of history in contemporary Australian drama.

Peter O. STUMMER: White Lies. Recent human-rights discourse and an Australian novel.

Christopher BALME: Staging Intertextuality. Alternative models of New Zealand culture in Bruce Mason’s Blood of the Lamb.

Janet WILSON: Intertextual Strategies. Reinventing the myths of Aotearoa in contemporary New Zealand fiction.

Yoni RYAN: Placing the Pacific on the Literary Map.

Fusion of Cultures?
ASNEL Papers 2.
STUMMER, Peter O. & Christopher BALME
Brill, Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA, 1996.




The intention of this second volume of ASNEL Papers is to counter orthodox post-colonial emphases on "alterity", "subversion", and "counter-discourse" with another set of concepts: fusion, syncretism, hybridity, creolisation, cross-fertilisation, cross-cultural identity, diaspora. Topics covered include: gender and identity; syncretic aesthetics in Nigerian and South African performing arts; "hyphenated identities" in diasporic fiction; reversals of colonial mimicry in Ugandan fiction; cultural reflexivity in the Victorian juvenile novel; the persistence of colonial traits in Zimbabwean war fiction; syncretic strategies of resistance in African prison memoirs; indigene life-histories and intercultural authorship; neo-essentialism in post-colonial critiques of the Rushdie Affair; US multiculturalism and political praxis; creolisation in Surinam; cultural complexities in the Caribbean epic; literary representations of the Haitian Revolution.
Authors treated within broader frameworks include Margaret Atwood, R.M. Ballantyne, Marie-Claire Blais. Alejo Carpentier, Roch Carrier, Aimé Césaire, Michelle Cliff, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Edouard Glissant, Andrew Hacker, Eddy L. Harris, Wilson Harris, Bessie Head, C.L.R. James, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jayanta Mahapatra, Paule Marshall, A.K. Mehrotra, Timothy Mo, Bharati Mukherjee, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Akiki Nyabongo, Eugene O’Neill, Molefe Pheto, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Ted Trindell, and Derek Walcott. There are also poems by David Woods and Afua Cooper.

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Christopher BALME: Inventive Syncretism. The Concept of the Syncretic in Intercultural Discourse.

Bode SOWANDE: Syncretic Aesthetics in Modern Nigerian Theatre.

Flora VEIT-WILD: Festivals of Laughter. Syncretism in Southern Africa.

Uwe SCHÄFER: "Both/And" and/or "Either/Or". Syncretism and Imagination in the Novels of Wilson Harris and Bessie Head.

Joseph SWANN: The Abstraction of Language. Jayanta Mahapatra and A.K. Mehrotra as Indian "Postmodernists".

Peter O. STUMMER: Cross-Over Difficulties. Recent Problems in Cross-Cultural/Trans-National Communication.


Bernhard MELCHIOR: "Expertise in Cross-Cultural Mediation". West Indian-American Writing in the Eighties.

Margaret KEULEN: "Bringing together all the various strands". Cultural Roots in Paule Marshall’s Literary Oeuvre.

Shirley GEOK-LIN LIM: Race, National Identity, and the Subject in Timothy Mo’s Novels.

Sämi LUDWIG: "Cultural Identity as Spouse". Limitations and Possibilities of a Metaphor in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The
Woman Warrior and Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine.

Walter G?-BEL: Bharati Mukherjee. Expatriation, Americanality and Literary Form.

Roman KURTZ: All the Polarities. A Golden Age Revisited.


Detlev GOHRBANDT: Mapping or Constructing Africa. Notes on R.M. Ballantyne’s Juvenile Fiction.

Tobias D?-RING: The Fissures of Fusion. Akiki Nyabongo’s Africa Answers Back (1936) and What It May Teach Us.

Thomas BRÜCKNER: Across the Borders. Orality Old and New in the African Novel.

Wolfgang HOCHBRUCK: Armed Conflict and Cultural Encounters. Zimbabwean War Fiction.


Armando E. JANNETTA: Dialogic Constructions of the Self in Métis Life-Histories.

Werner SEDLAK: Prison Memoirs by African Writers (Ngugi, Pheto, Soyinka). The Cultural Unity and Complexity of Resistance.


Frank SCHULZE-ENGLER: Riding the Crisis. The Satanic Verses and the Silences of Literary Theory.

Berndt OSTENDORF: Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Politics of Cultural Difference.

Petronella BREINBURG: Culture, Fusion, and Language. The Case of Surinam.

David WOODS: Epitaph.


Heike HÄRTING: The Profusion of Meanings and the Female Experience of Colonisation. Inscriptions of the Body as Site of Difference
in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s. Nervous Conditions and Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman.

Carola TORTI, Karin KILB, Mark STEIN: Groping for Coherence. Patriarchal Constraints and Female Resistance in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s
Nervous Conditions.

Afua COOPER: I Don’t Care If Your Nanny Was Black.


John J. FIGUEROA: The Sea Still Going On. Derek Walcott’s Omeros.

Gordon COLLIER: The "Noble Ruins" of Art and the Haitian Revolution. Carpentier, Césaire, Glissant, James, O’Neill, Walcott and

Defining New Idioms and Alternative Forms of Expression.
ASNEL Papers 1.
BREITINGER, Eckhard (Ed.)
Brill, Amsterdam/Atlanta, 1996.




This first volume of ASNEL Papers gathers together a broad range of reflections on, and presentations of, the social and expressive underpinnings of post-colonial literary cultures, concentrating on aspects of orality, social structure and hybridity, the role of women in cultural production, performative and media representations (theatre, film, advertising) and their institutional forms, and the linguistic basis of literature (including questions of multilingualism, pidgins and creoles, and translation). Some of the present studies adopt a diachronic approach, as in essays devoted to European colonial influences on African literatures, the populist colonial roots of Australian drama, and the intersection of exogenous and autochthonous languages in the cultural development and identity formation of Cameroon, Tanzania and the Swahili-speaking regions of Africa. Broadly synchronic perspectives (which nevertheless take cognizance of developmental determinants) range over dominant genres — poetry, short fiction and the novel, children’s literature, theatre, film – and cover indigene literatures (Australian Aboriginal, Maori, First Nations) and regional creativity in West, East and South Africa, the Caribbean, India and the South-East Asian diaspora, and the settler colonies of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Authors treated within broader frameworks include Chinua Achebe, 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas, Bole Butake, Shashi Deshpande, Louis Esson, Lorna Goodison, Patricia Grace, Bland Holt, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera, Kazuo Ishiguro, Rita Kleinhart, Hanif Kureishi, Werewere Liking, Timothy Mo, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, and Ruby Slipperjack. There are self-testimonies from the writers Geoff Goodfellow, Darrelyn Gunzburg and Don Mattera, poems by David Dabydeen, Geoff Goodfellow and Olive Senior. Of particular value to this collection are the perspectives offered by African, Caribbean and Eastern European contributors.

Table of Contents



Eckhard BREITINGER: Heretical Deliberations on Poet’s Corner, the Great Tradition and the New Literatures in English.

Geoff GOODFELLOW: Young Men of Bayreuth.

Don MATTERA: Defining New Idioms and Alternative Forms of Expression. Keynote Address.


Olive SENIOR: Gardening in the Tropics No 3 (My Father’s Blue Plantation).

Peter H. MARSDEN: Reading the Oral. Approaching Aborigine and Maori Poetry.

Emilio Jorge RODRÍGUEZ: Oral Tradition and New Literary Canon in Recent Caribbean Poetry Anthologies.

Margery FEE: Discourse Conventions in Fourth-World Fiction in English. The Examples of Ruby Slipperjack, Patricia Grace and Witi Ihimaera.

Detlev GOHRBANDT: The Principle of Inclusiveness. Reflections on Writing and Speaking in Contemporary Nigerian Fiction.

Abiola ODEJIDE: The Nigerian Children’s Literary Scene. A view from Inside.

Thomas BRÜCKNER: When Europe Came to Africa. The Languages of African Literatures.


Olive SENIOR: Gardening in the Tropics No 12 (Advice and Devices).

Swenta STEINIG: Houses: To Build is to Demolish. A Study of Salman Rushdie’s Shame and Shashi Deshande’s Roots and Shadows.

Klaus H. B?-RNER: Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses. Observations on Cultural Hybridity.

Silvia MERGENTHAL: Acculturation Processes And Family Structures. Mo’s Sour Sweet, Kureishi’s The Buddha Of Suburbia, Ishiguro’s A Pale View Of Hills.


Darrelyn GUNZBURG: As the Spirit Moves.

Ann-Mari HEDBÄCK: Keri Hulme: Scriptwriter and Storyteller.

Nalova LYONGA: African Women and Feminist Theory.

Viera PAWLIKOWA-VILHANOWA: Women in African Literatures.

Robert KROETSCH: The Poetics of Rita Kleinhart.


Geoff GOODFELLOW: Poet, Thief or Greenie.

Katherine NEWEY: Popular or Populist? The Great Australian Theatre Debate.

Rose MBOWA: Trends in Ugandan Theatre since 1965.

Gordon COLLIER: Iconic Mythography. The Mediation of Cross-Cultural and Literary Topoi in the New Zealand Film.

Eugene P. WALZ: Alternatives at/to the National Film Board of Canada.

J. Varela ZAPATA: This is the Voice of Society. The Influence of New Forms of Collective/Mass Communication in the Work of V.S. Naipaul.


David DABYDEEN: Excerpts from Turner ("Slaves thrown overboard").

Christian MAIR: The Treasures of Whose Tongue? The Language Issue in Caribbean Fiction.

David TIOMAJOU: Language and Languages in Cameroon. A Diachronic View.

Mikhail Gromov: Linguistic Situation and the Rise of Anglophone Literature in Tanzania.

Vladímir KLÍMA: Nigerian Pidgin English. A Translator’s View.

Andrei ZHUKOV: The Role of Translation in Swahili Literature.