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Diaspora Criticism

Sudesh Mishra

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The first introduction to the field of Diaspora criticism that serves both as a timely guide and a rigorous critique

Diaspora criticism takes the concept 'diaspora' as its object of inquiry and provides a framework for discussing displaced communities in a way that takes contemporary social, cultural and economic pressures into account. It also offers an alternative to Postcolonial Studies. This book is the first to provide an accessible overview of the critical trends in Diaspora criticism and to critically evaluate the major Diaspora critics and their models, with the aim of adding to the debate on methodology.

This authoritative account will be of interest to those working in Diaspora Studies and its related fields of History, Literature, Art, Sociology, Population and Migration Studies, Politics, and Ethnic and Postcolonial Studies.

Key Features:

  • The first full account of the critical trends in the most exciting area of contemporary research and analysis
  • Locates Diaspora criticism in a specific historical context, pinpoints its emergence as a critical discourse and provides an overview of the debates that have shaped the genre
  • Critically analyses the approaches of the main diaspora theorists including William Safran, Jonathan Boyarin, Paul Gilroy, James Clifford, Stuart Hall, Rey Chow, Avtar Brah and Vijay Mishra

Contents

Preface
Chapter 1 Prologue to a Generic Event
Chapter 2 The Scene of Dual Territoriality
Chapter 3 The Scene of Situational Laterality
Chapter 4 The Scene of Archival Specificity
Chapter 5 The Three Pillars of Diaspora Criticism
Chapter 6 In Lieu of an Epilogue.

About the Author

Sudesh Mishra is Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative and Communication Studies at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. He is the author of Preparing Faces: Modernism and Indian Poetry in English (Flinders University and University of the South Pacific, 1995).

Reviews

Sudesh Mishra’s ambitious and sophisticated book represents perhaps the most serious attempt so far to bring together and assess the critical potential of all that has been written in the last two or three decades connecting globalization and migration to new cultural and political theory. Mishra is to be applauded for the skill and objectivity with which he writes both as an insider to this field and as its probing critic.
- Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, author of Provincializing Europe
Diaspora Criticism is a deeply reflective and critical contribution to the growing and important field of Diaspora studies. The book makes a powerful case for taking seriously the relationship of diasporic social and cultural practices with globalization’s economic dimensions. A compelling work of cultural criticism.
- Professor Gyan Prakash, author of Another Reason: Science and the Imagination of Modern India and Director, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University