At present, the bulk of the existing research on sex trafficking originates in the social sciences. Sex Trafficking in Postcolonial Literature adds an original perspective on this issue by examining representations of sex trafficking in postcolonial literature.
This book is a sustained interdisciplinary study bridging postcolonial literature, in English and Spanish, and sex trafficking, as analyzed through literary theory, anthropology, sociology, history, trauma theory, journalism, and globalization studies. It encompasses postcolonial theory and literature’s aesthetic analysis of sex trafficking together with research from social sciences, psychology, anthropology, and economics with the intention of offering a comprehensive analysis of the topic beyond the type of Orientalist discourse so prevalent in the media. This is an important and innovative resource for scholars in literature, postcolonial studies, gender studies, human rights and global justice.
About the Author
Laura Barberán Reinares is an Assistant Professor of English and Literature at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She has published an award-winning article on feminism, globalization and trafficking in the South Atlantic Review, as well as articles on postcolonial literature and pedagogy in the journals the James Joyce Quarterly, Irish Migration Studies in Latin America and College Teaching.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. James Joyce’s "Eveline" and the Emergence of Global Sex Trafficking in the Early 1900s 3. Sex Trafficking, War, and the Military in Therese Park’s A Gift of the Emperor 4. Sex Trafficking, Development, and the National Government in Mahasweta Devi’s "Douloti the Bountiful" 5. Sex Trafficking and the Legal System in Destination Countries in Amma Darko’s Beyond the Horizon and Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail 6. Sex Trafficking, State Patriarchy, and Transnational Capital in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 7. Conclusion