The Infinite Longing for Home: Desire and the Nation in Selected Writings of Ben Okri and K.S. Maniam

The Infinite Longing for Home: Desire and the Nation in Selected Writings of Ben Okri and K.S. Maniam

by David C.L. Lim

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The Infinite Longing for Home: Desire and the Nation in Selected Writings of Ben Okri and K.S. Maniam by David C.L. Lim

The Infinite Longing for Home is a groundbreaking study of Ben Okri’s and K.S. Maniam’s literary problematization of ‘home’ in relation to subjectivity and the nation within and beyond the context of Nigeria and Malaysia. Drawing on Lacan, Žižek, Laclau and Mouffe, and weaving through history, politics, philosophy and literature, this book critically examines the motives and means by which peoples forced to live together in a country love and hate each other, and overlook the truths about themselves, their actions and beliefs. It looks into why some embrace heterogeneity and open-endedness while others are internally compelled to over-identify passionately with their religion and race, and to posit theirs as irreducibly distinct from and superior to others’. The Infinite Longing for Home also traces through Okri’s and Maniam’s writings a way out of today’s political aporia, a path to the re-creation of a new society humbled and unified by the recognition of its participation in flawed humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042016774
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Series: Cross/Cultures Series , #80
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
PART I . NATION(S)
1 Nation: Conceptions
2 Becoming Nations: Nigeria, Malaysia
PART I I . BEN OKRI: THE ABIKU TRILOGY
3 The Famished Road
4 Songs of Enchantment
5 Infinite Riches
PART I I I . K.S. MANIAM: TWO NOVELS
6 The Return
7 In A Far Country
Conclusion
Appendix
Synopsis of K.S. Maniam’s Unpublished Novel Delayed Passage
Works Cited
Index

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