Contemporary Diasporic Literature: Writing History, Culture, Self
Edited by  Manjit Inder Singh

Contemporary Diasporic Literature: Writing History, Culture, Self addresses the seminal change that has presided over the late twentieth century literary history. Conceding that exile, immigration and homelessness are primordial human conditions, this volume underlines their contemporary, centralizing, homogenizing effect on culture and self on the one hand, and the numerous examples of new and different, often syncretic and hybrid, cultural forms and their iteration on the other. As several studies by scholars in this volume substantiate, in the diasporic ‘postnational imaginary’ the official and absolutist constructions of the ethnic/cultural/historical are startlingly replaced by dialogic, intercultural, transnational and other media-related ‘technologies’, all of which move towards interrogative, contested models. They promise to project how the diaspora-related cultural-economic-political mutations have had a decisive, revisionary impact on the discipline of literary/critical studies. Among first of its kind in India, the present anthology of critical essays in bound to prove valuable for academics, students and researchers.

Manjit Inder Singh is Professor and Chairperson in the Department of English, Punjabi University, Patiala. His publications include, V.S.Naipaul and George lamming: The Poetics of Alienation and Identity, V.S.Naipaul (Diasporic Indian Writers Series), The Post Condition: Theory, Texts and Contexts, and The Critical Space: Studies in Literature, Theory, Nationalism and Diaspora.

Contributors : M.L. Raina, Gulshan Rai Kataria, Bhim Dahiya, Somdatta Mandal, Shveta Verma, P.S.Ramana, Sudhir Kumar, Akshaya Kumar, Rupinder Kaur, Mala Pandurang, Rabinder Powar, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Archna Sahni, Jaspreet Mander, Sangeeta Handa, Swaraj Raj.
ISBN 81-85753-75-X           2010           200 pp           Rs.500 (hb)