The Diaspora Writes Back
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|Format: ||Paperback, 200 pages|
|Published In: ||South Africa, 01 August 2004|
The loss of an identity, or the representation of new identities as the globablised world has imposed, has become a fundamental part of current postcolonial studies. A sort of imperative ambiguity seems to be taking the lead of many cultural processes nowadays. In the case of the Diaspora subject under globalisation, this is most acutely felt as an anxiety to feel sincere gratefulness toward the host country in that this seems to be in direct relationship with a sense of unfaithfulness to the motherland. Diaspora criticism appears as stunningly wide in its goals and ranges and a single text collecting the contributions from different authors on such a wide area would probably miss its goal. This title, therefore, focuses its attention on the phenomenon by making the 'Indian case' the centre of analysis. The literary field has been chosen as the common and primary thread linking the various discourses, but it must be stressed that recourse to areas of different interests has been equally encouraged. As a result, the ambivalent relationships with the host land and with the motherland have become the common target, hence the title Indias abroad: The diaspora writes back. The danger of the diaspora writers' dalliance with the India theme is that sometimes the writers play into the hands of international readers who look for the exotic, a kind of tourist/museum culture in their yearning for Indian writings. Writings of the Indian diaspora continue to raise difficult questions, address issues of human need and significance and challenge readers to deeper levels of thought and feeling. The essays and fictional pieces in this text are evidence that the Indian diaspora has come of age. Salient issues around the concept of diaspora are addressed and include: the tension between the host country and motherland, the repertoire of ties that bind with India and the cultural and emotional struggles associated with movement/journey/migration/exile. Its ascendancy, leverage and intensity of engagement within the context of world literatures is unprecedented.
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