Borderlands: Negotiating Boundaries in Post-colonial Writing

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Boundaries, borderlines, limits on the one hand and rites of passage, contact zones, in-between spaces on the other have attracted renewed interest in a broad variety of cultural discourses after a long period of decenterings and delimitations in numerous fields of social, psychological, and intellectual life.
Anthropological dimensions of the subject and its multifarious ways of world-making represent the central challenge among the concerns of the humanities. The role of literature and the arts in the formation of cultural and personal identities, theoretical and political approaches to the relation between self and other, the familiar and the foreign, have become key issues in literary and cultural studies; forms of expressivity and expression and question of mediation as well as new enquiries into ethics have characterized the intellectual energies of the past decade. The aim of Borderlands is to represent a variety of approaches to questions of border crossing and boundary transgression; approaches from different angles and different disciplines, but all converging in their own way on the post-colonial paradigm.
Topics discussed include globalization, cartography and ontology, transitional identity, ecocritical sensibility, questions of the application of post-coloniality, gender and sexuality, and attitudes towards space and place. As well as studies of the cinema of the settler colonies, the films of Neil Jordan, and 'Othering' in Canadian sports journalism, there are treatments of the Nigerian novel, South African prison memoirs, and African women's writing. Authors examined include Elizabeth Bowen, Bruce Chatwin, Mohamed Choukri, Nuruddin Farah, Jamaica Kincaid, Pauline Melville, Bharati Mukherjee, Michael Ondaatje, and Leslie Marmon Silko.
 

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Contents

Ambition and Distortion
17
Whats Post in PostColonial Theory?
43
Reclaiming History and Memory
57
v Curiosity in PostColonial Discourse
89
Cultural Linguistic and Personal Boundaries in Pauline Melvilles ShapeShifter
103
w Borderlines of the Body in African Womens Writing
123
w Belonging
135
Cant Forget
157
Rediscovering the Forgotten Space of Nature
175
w Ways of Appropriating Space in South African Prison Memoirs
189
Forms of Exile in the Narrative of Mohamed Choukri and Joyces Portrait
205
Catching Up on the Third World?
227
w People InBerween
247
w CrossCuts
275
Contributors
291
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