Migrant Cartographies: New Cultural and Literary Spaces in Post-Colonial Europe

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In recent years, Europe has had to constantly rethink and redefine its attitude toward new flows of immigrations. Issues of boundaries and identity have been integral to this reflection. Through a magnificent collection of essays, Migrant Cartographies examines both sites and conflicts and the way in which forms of belonging and identity have been reinvented. With careful analysis and exceptional insight, this volume explores the most recent literature on migration as seen from different European viewpoints. This book fills a conspicuous void in migration literature, as there are no comprehensive books on migrant literatures in Europe that address the full range of complexities of colonial legacies and linguistic productions.

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Editorial Reviews

Charles Bonn
This long-awaited book rekindles conventional descriptions of migrant spaces and does so by engaging with all disciplines. Spaces, societies, literature, cinema, and many other fields and approaches find here a happy complementarity. This is a new and most welcomed reading of an eminently problematic and contemporary object.
Iain Chambers
Finally, a book with sufficient imaginative sweep and critical sensibility to tap the spread and complexity of a multilateral European culture in the making. Carefully unraveling the tight threads that stitch together an inherited sense of 'home' and history, the authors reveal a series of unfinished narratives constantly translating the elsewhere into current immediacies and rendering the local, the assumed, and the habitual other-wise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739107553
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Series: After the Empire Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Ponzanesi is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University and Research Fellow at Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Daniela Merolla is Lecturer in Africa Literatures, Department of Languages and Cultures of Africa at University of Leiden.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Mapping Europe: Theoretical Interventions Chapter 3 Mapping the Mind: Borders, Migration, and Myth Chapter 4 The Politics of the Perception of Human Movement Chapter 5 A Cat in a Kipper Box or, the Confession of a 'Second Generation Immigrant' Chapter 6 Virtual Multiculturalism: The Case of Contemporary Britain Chapter 7 One Bangle Does Not Jingle: Cultures, Literatures, and Migration in a Globalizing World Part 8 Writing Across the Borders: New Literatures in Europe Chapter 9 Stranger in a Strange Land: Jamal Mahjoub's The Carrier Chapter 10 From Guest Worker to Hybrid Immigrant: Changing Themes of German-Turkish Literature Chapter 11 Between Foreign and Floating Signs: The Language of Migrant Subjects Chapter 12 Roots and Routes: Diaspora, Travel Writing, and Caryl Phillips's Sounding of the Black Atlantic Chapter 13 On Narrative Voice and the Deconstruction of Home in Migrant Literature Chapter 14 'The Risks Migrating Words Take.' Some thoughts on the Afrikaans Poetry of Elisabeth Eybers in a context of transmigration Part 15 Mind the Gap! Cultural Trans/formations Chapter 16 Street Culture: Dead End or Global Highway? Chapter 17 Digital Imagination and 'Migrant' Websites Chapter 18 'London Stylee': Recent Representations of Postcolonial London Chapter 19 The Colonial Past in the Postcolonial Present: Cultural Memory, Gender, and Race in Dutch Cinema Chapter 20 Miss Italia in Black and White: Feminine Beauty and Ethnic Identity in Modern Italy Chapter 21 Outlandish Cinema: Screening the Other in Italy

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