Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments

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Rodopi, 2003 - Reference - 391 pages
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In postcolonial theory we have now reached a new stage in the succession of key concepts. After the celebrations of hybridity in the work of Homi Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak, it is now the concept of diaspora that has sparked animated debates among postcolonial critics. This collection intervenes in the current discussion about the 'new' diaspora by placing the rise of diaspora within the politics of multiculturalism and its supercession by a politics of difference and cultural-rights theory. The essays present recent developments in Jewish negotiations of diasporic tradition and experience, discussing the reinterpretation of concepts of the 'old' diaspora in late twentieth- century British and American Jewish literature. The second part of the volume comprises theoretical and critical essays on the South Asian diaspora and on multicultural settings between Australia, Africa, the Caribbean and North America. The South Asian and Caribbean diasporas are compared to the Jewish prototype and contrasted with the Turkish diaspora in Germany. All essays deal with literary reflections on, and thematizations of, the diasporic predicament.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
vii
Uma Parameswaran
xxxix
The Jewish Diaspora
xlv
Ursula Zeller
1
Bryan Cheyette
45
Beate Neumeier
83
Feroza Jussawalla
115
Roy Sommer
149
MlNOLI SALGADO
183
Vera Alexander
199
Makarand Paranjape
231
MONIKA FLUDERNIK
261
Ulfried Reichardt
287
Sandra Hestermann
329
Contributors 375
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Monika Fludernik is Professor of English at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

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