South Asian Atlantic Literature, 1970-2010

South Asian Atlantic Literature, 1970-2010

by Ruth Maxey

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Overview

A major interpretation of recent South Asian diasporic writing and cinema in specifically transatlantic terms Ruth Maxey provides readings of canonical and less well-known South Asian American and British Asian texts and key cinematic works. She explores the formal and thematic tendencies of the works, relating them to gender politics, the marketplace, and issues of literary value and historical change. While engaging with established debates, Maxey also intervenes in new ways in transatlantic, postcolonial literary, and Asian American cultural studies. Key features * Looks at writers including Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Mohsin Hamid, Hanif Kureishi, Monica Ali, and Nadeem Aslam * Explores films such as Mischief Night, Mississippi Masala, A Love Supreme, and Praying with Anger * Sources used include articles from mainstream American, Asian and British newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hindu, New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian * Engages with critics including Susan Koshy, Sukhdev Sandhu, Rajini Srikanth, and James Procter * The book is organised around the four key themes of: home & nation, travel & return, racial mixing, and food & eating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748653867
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures EUP
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ruth Maxey is a Lecturer in Modern American Literature in the School of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. She has published articles on postcolonial literature, Edwardian writing, and contemporary British and American fiction. Her work has appeared in Textual Practice, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Kenyon Review, MELUS, Journal of the Short Story in English, Orbis Litterarum and South Asian Review. She also contributed a chapter on Monica Ali to Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim (eds.), British Asian Fiction: Framing the Contemporary (Cambria Press, 2008).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Framing South Asian Writing in America and Britain, 1970-2010
1. Home and Nation in South Asian Atlantic Literature
2. Close Encounters with Ancestral Space: Travel and Return in Transatlantic South Asian Writing
3. Brave New Worlds? Miscegenation in South Asian Atlantic Literature
4. 'Mangoes and Coconuts and Grandmothers': Food in Transatlantic South Asian Writing
Conclusion: The Future of South Asian Atlantic Literature
Bibliography
Index

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