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South Asian Atlantic Literature, 1970-2010

This book is a sustained attempt to chart and interpret a wide range of recent South Asian diasporic writing from Britain and America in specifically transatlantic terms. This body of literature has grown substantially since the 1970s, receiving not only critical acclaim but also widespread popular interest, and its favoured themes have also found expression in cinematic works.
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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.

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).


"Maxey's learned, comprehensive reading of South Asian diasporic writing through the lens of the transatlantic - attending to the critical balance between aesthetic modes, culture, history, and politics - enacts a crucial paradigm shift in contemporary theory by challenging many of the paradoxes of current approaches to postcolonial and Asian American studies." -- Professor Rocio G. Davis "Calling for rethinking South Asian diasporic writing as an Atlantic phenomenon, this book boldly challenges the black-white framework that has dominated transatlantic studies and the South Asia-centrism that has dominated diaspora studies. A comprehensive and pioneering study of South Asian American and British Asian literature and film that will reorient future scholarship." -- Susan Koshy, Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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