Writing Across Worlds: Literature and Migration

Writing Across Worlds: Literature and Migration

by John Connell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415105307

ISBN-13: 9780415105309

Pub. Date: 11/13/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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:
9780415105309
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/13/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1Geography, Literature and Migration1
2Literary Reflections on Irish Migration in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries20
3From Pappkoffer to Pluralism: Migrant writing in the German Federal Republic39
4'Rivers to Cross': Exile and transformation in the Caribbean migration novels of George Lamming57
5Negotiating Identity in the Metropolis: Generational differences in South Asian British fiction70
6Perceptions of Place among Writers of Algerian Immigrant Origin in France89
7From Francite to Creolite: French West Indian literature comes home101
8Pied-Noir Literature: The writing of a migratory elite125
9Friulani Nel Mondo: The literature of an Italian emigrant region141
10Sunday Too Far Away: Images of emigrant existence in the literature of Slovenes in the United States, Canada and Australia162
11Migration in Contemporary Maltese Fiction172
12Literary Perspectives on Jews in Britain in the Early Twentieth Century180
13Return Migration in American Novels of the 1920s and 1930s198
14Birds of Passage or Squawking Ducks: Writing across generations of Japanese-Canadian literature216
15Vulcan's Brood: Spatial narratives of migration in Southern Africa229
16Far Cities and Silver Countries: Migration to Australia in fiction and film248
17In Samoan Worlds: Culture, migration, identity and Albert Wendt263
Index280

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