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Dislocations and Multiculturalisms : Essays in Homage to Professor R K Kaul

Jasbir Jain

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ISBN 10: 8170338735 / ISBN 13: 9788170338734
Published by Rawat, 2004
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Contents Preface. Introduction. 1. Self and multiculturalism towards self reflection/Sudhir Chandra. 2. Multiculturalism and self issues of comparison between Canada and India/Kushal Deb. 3. Aesthetics of dislocation and the dislocation of aesthetics/Santosh Gupta. 4. Refugee problem in South Asia an overview/B.C. Upreti. 5. False consciousness and postcolonial subject/Dorothy M. Figueira. 6. Reconstructing time and experience variations on the theme of dislocation/Tej N. Dhar. 7. Of immigrant writing/Vijay Lakshmi. 8. Trends in contemporary Indian writing in English/Malashri Lal. 9. Lost dreams Intizar Husain's search for a nation/Veena Singh. 10. Imperial narratives dislocation and power in Moodie and Duncan/Supriya Agarwal. 11. Memory and aesthetics a study of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin/Sudha Shastri. 12. Journey into memory signposts of dislocation/Mini Nanda. 13. Alone among aliens/Ila Rathor. 14. History as fiction a post WTC reading of Vassanji's AMRiiKA/Harish Narang. 15. Re configuring identity Suniti Namjoshi's diasporic journeys/Alka Kumar. 16. On the edge of animation Pakistani women poets in their own voice/Anisur Rahman. 17. Not white and also women race gender and multiculturalism in South Asian Canadian Women's poetry/Sudha Rai. 18. Enclaves of otherness within larger cultures Lee Langley's A House in Pondicherry/Veena Jain. 19. Living with the Trauma of cultural displacement in Naipaul's half a life/Anu Celly. 20. Identity home and culture through dislocations/Jasbir Jain. 21. A little about father/Nilofer Kaul. Index. Dislocations and Multiculturalisms seeks to address the most ancient problems of human society as well as the greatest challenges of our times problems which nag at us and confront us in our everyday world as the contest for space amongst warring opposing forces sharpens and concepts like self cultural memory linearity and continuity home and rootedness alienation and belonging clamour for re definitions. Twenty essays two fictional pieces and a poem (dedication) which go to make this volume dwell on the different aspects of these problems such as socio political psycho historical aesthetic philosophical and ontological. Working through comparative frameworks postcoloniality immigrant writing and the historical forces of colonial rule are explored. The individual's right to assert independence and nation's struggle for autonomy are threatened by the capitalistic forces which ruthlessly ignore boundaries and play a game of power and seduction. How do we cope with these problems. Through self introspection political analysis realisation of the enormity of the task a new definition of our world. Well known writers and reputed critics bring the reader face to face with the hidden fears desires and hopes which we all share across cultures and across time. 265 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 52734

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Title: Dislocations and Multiculturalisms : Essays ...

Publisher: Rawat

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

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"Dislocations and Multiculturalisms seeks to address the most ancient problems of human society as well as the greatest challenges of our times: problems which nag at us and confront us in our everyday world as the contest for space amongst warring opposing forces sharpens, and concepts like self, cultural memory, linearity and continuity, home and rootedness, alienation and belonging clamour for re-definitions. Twenty essays, two fictional pieces and a poem (dedication), which go to make this volume, dwell on the different aspects of these problems, such as socio-political, psycho-historical, aesthetic, philosophical and ontological. Working through comparative frameworks, postcoloniality, immigrant writing, and the historical forces of colonial rule are explored. The individual's right to assert independence and a nation's struggle for autonomy are threatened by the capitalistic forces, which ruthlessly ignore boundaries and play a game of power and seduction. How do we cope with these problems? Through self-introspection, political analysis, realisation of the enormity of the task, a new definition of our world? Well known writers and reputed critics bring the reader face to face with the hidden fears, desires and hopes which we all share across cultures and across time."

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Jasbir Jain is director of the Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (IRIS), Jaipur. Formerly of the University of Rajasthan, she has headed the Department of English and has worked in various capacities including the directorship of the Academic Staff College.Jain has travelled extensively and has been the recipient of several awards. Amongst them are the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship as Writer in Residence (2009), UGC Fellow (2005 2007), Emeritus Fellow (2002 2004) and K.K. Birla Fellowship for Comparative Literature (1998 2000). Elected life-member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, she has also availed of the Fulbright Fellowship and of the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2008, the South Asia Literary Association conferred on her the SALA Award for her work in Feminist and South Asian Studies and her distinguished scholarship. Earlier in 2004, she was awarded the Indian Association of Canadian Studies (IACS) Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canadian Studies. The American Association of Colleges and Universities nominated her a Global Fellow for 2003.Her publications include three volumes on the Indian novel covering the period 1860 2000 and, interrogating the periodisation thrust on it, she went on to work on the connectivity across languages. Her current interests are in theory and narratology and in exploring traditions. Her recent work includes "Gendered Realities "and "Beyond Postcolonialism: The Dreams and Realities of a Nation "and a forthcoming work is "The Writer as Critic".

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