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Writing Across Worlds: Literature and Migration

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Overview

International migration has long been a dominant feature of world literature from both post-industrial and developing countries. The increasing demands of the global economic system and continued political instability in many of the world's region have highlighted this shifting map of the world's peoples.
Yet, political concern for the larger scale economic and social impact of migration has effectively obscured the nature of the migratory nature of the migratory experience itself, the emotions and practicalities of departure, travel, arrival and the attempt to rebuild a home.
Writing Across Worlds explores an extraordinary range of migration literaturesm from letters and diaries to journalistic articles, autobiographies and fiction, in order to analyse the reality of the migrant's experience. The sheer range of writings - Irish, Friulian, Italian, Jewish and South Asian British, Gastarbeiter literature from Germany, Pied noir, French-Algerian and French West Indian writing, Carribbean novels, Slovene emigrant texts, Japanese-Canadian writing, migration in American novels, narratives from Australia, South Africa, Samoa and others - illustrate the diversity of global migratory experience and emphasise the social context of literature.
The geographic and literary range of Writing Across Worlds makes this collection an invaluable analysis of migration, giving voice to the hope, pain, nostalgia and triumph of lives lived in other places.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415105293
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/13/1995
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Geography, Literature and Migration 1
2 Literary Reflections on Irish Migration in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 20
3 From Pappkoffer to Pluralism: Migrant writing in the German Federal Republic 39
4 'Rivers to Cross': Exile and transformation in the Caribbean migration novels of George Lamming 57
5 Negotiating Identity in the Metropolis: Generational differences in South Asian British fiction 70
6 Perceptions of Place among Writers of Algerian Immigrant Origin in France 89
7 From Francite to Creolite: French West Indian literature comes home 101
8 Pied-Noir Literature: The writing of a migratory elite 125
9 Friulani Nel Mondo: The literature of an Italian emigrant region 141
10 Sunday Too Far Away: Images of emigrant existence in the literature of Slovenes in the United States, Canada and Australia 162
11 Migration in Contemporary Maltese Fiction 172
12 Literary Perspectives on Jews in Britain in the Early Twentieth Century 180
13 Return Migration in American Novels of the 1920s and 1930s 198
14 Birds of Passage or Squawking Ducks: Writing across generations of Japanese-Canadian literature 216
15 Vulcan's Brood: Spatial narratives of migration in Southern Africa 229
16 Far Cities and Silver Countries: Migration to Australia in fiction and film 248
17 In Samoan Worlds: Culture, migration, identity and Albert Wendt 263
Index 280
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