Endings and New Beginnings in Literature and Life
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|Edité par||Stefan Helgesson|
|Editeur||Rodopi - Brill|
|Distributeur||Editions de Boccard|
If anything is certain in human existence, it is the exit. Before the universal yet radically singular event of death, however, history leaves its mark on us by determining which exits are possible, necessary or desirable. This collection of essays, which celebrates the achievement of the Swedish Africanist and postcolonial scholar Raoul Granqvist, deal with the broad theme of exit – in the form of exile, displacement, suicide, endings and, indeed, beginnings. After all, “In my end is my beginning” (T.S. Eliot). Childhood as exit rite in contemporary African literature (Camara Laye’s L’Enfant Noir and Ishmael Beah’s Long Way Gone); the Cameroonian director Jean Pierre Bekolo’s controversial film Les Saignantes; an early play by Wole Soyinka; Ghana during the First World War; Zakes Mda’s Cion; proto-nationalist writing on the Gold Coast; passing in Zoë Wicomb’s Playing in the Light; the exile of South African and Caribbean writers; translation theory in the global South; public representations of Africans in north-east Bavaria; oral poetry in rural England; Fred Wah’s Swedish-Chinese background in twentieth-century Canada; Toni Morrison’s Beloved and infanticide; the open endings of the poetry of Paul Muldoon; the suicide of Virginia Woolf; the viability of global environmental policies – these are some of the topics that this book, in defiance of neat disciplinary boundaries, addresses. The closing section, “Voicing the Exit,” transcends the academic format with its evocative literary representations of the experience of exit (in Tanzania, Uganda, Ukrainian Canada and elsewhere).
Illustrations Introduction: Exit Southern Exits Richard K. Priebe: Some Thoughts on the Idea of Exit in Recent African Narratives of Childhood Maria Olaussen: Generation and Complicity in Zoë Wicomb’s Playing in the Light Kenneth W. Harrow: “Let Me Tell You About Bekolo’s Latest Film, Les Saignantes, But First…” David Bell: Tradition and Creativity in Zakes Mda’s Cion Bernth Lindfors: Paton’s Discovery, Soyinka’s Invention Stephanie Newell: Writing out Imperialism? A Note on Nationalism and Political Identity in the African-Owned Newspapers of Colonial Ghana Stefan Helgesson: After Exit: Exile, Creativity, and the Risk of Translation Ending up and opting out in the North Eckhard Breitinger: African Presences and Representations in the Principality/Markgrafschaft of Bayreuth Gerald Porter: Taking Flight and the Libertarian Crow-Scarer Catherine Sandbach-Dahlström: “In my end is my beginning”: The Death of Virginia Woolf Elisabeth Mårald: Following the Race Track? Chinese, Scottish, Irish, Swedish in Diamond Grill by Fred Wah J. Hillis Miller: Literature and Scripture: An Impossible Filiation Lars-Håkan Svensson: “Gazing into the future”: Beginnings, Endings, and Midpoints in Paul Muldoon’s Why Brownlee Left Global Exit? Sverker Sörlin: Exiting the Environmental Trap: Knowledge Regimes and the Third Phase of Environmental Policy Voicing the Exit Willy Bach: The End of the “Earth” Jane Bryce: Myself as a Puff of Dust: A Ghost Story Janice Kulyk Keefer: TIXE YLNO or Redefining Identities Contributors
Stefan Helgesson is an associate professor in the Department of English at Stockholm University, Sweden. Apart from his academic focus on southern African literature, postcolonialism, translation, and theories of world literature, he also freelances as a literary critic and recently published his first novel.
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|Collection||Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English|