Narrating the New Nation
South African Indian Writing
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- Introduction: Resilience in Diaspora Writings of the Indian Community in South Africa (Rajendra Chetty / Jaspal Kaur Singh)
- Chapter One: Ethical versus Ethnic Pre-eminence: The Centrality of South African Indian Writing (Rajendra Chetty)
- Chapter Two: Excavating Cultural Memories: Social Justice and Social Change in Fatima Meer and Sita Gandhi’s Texts (Jaspal Kaur Singh)
- Chapter Three: Black Lives Matter: The Significance of Fatima Meer’s Prison Diary (Rajendra Chetty)
- Chapter Four: Diaspora and Imperialism: An Analysis of Ronnie Govender’s The Lahnee’s Pleasure (Rajendra Chetty)
- Chapter Five: Apartheid and Postapartheid Literary Imagination in Ahmed Essop’s Fiction (Jaspal Kaur Singh)
- Chapter Six: The Global North and South: Comparative Postcolonial Poetics in Diasporic South Asian Women’s Texts (Jaspal Kaur Singh)
- Chapter Seven: Representing Durban in South African Indian Writing (Rajendra Chetty)
- Chapter Eight: From the Individual to the Collective: Acts of Resistance and Social Transformation in Pregs Govender’s Love and Courage: A Story of Insubordination (Jaspal Kaur Singh)
- Chapter Nine: Queering South Asian Indian Diaspora: Theories and Intersectionalities (Jaspal Kaur Singh)
Jaspal Kaur Singh and Rajendra Chetty
Narrating the New Nation
South African Indian Writing
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Singh, Jaspal Kaur, author. | Chetty, Rajendra, author.
Title: Narrating the new nation: South African Indian writing / Jaspal Kaur Singh, Rajendra Chetty.
Description: New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2018.
Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: LCCN 2016015048 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3012-0 (hardcover: alk. paper)
ISBN 978-1-4331-5564-2 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5565-9 (epub)
ISBN 978-1-4331-5566-6 (mobi)
Subjects: LCSH: South African literature (English)—East Indian authors—
History and criticism. | South African literature (English)—20th century—
History and criticism. | South African literature (English)—21st century—
History and criticism. | East Indian diaspora in literature. | Race in literature.
Classification: LCC PR9358.2.I54 S56 2018 | DDC 820.98914110968—dc23
LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016015048
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About the book
The purpose of Narrating the New Nation is to engage with South African Indian writings through a critical examination of the oeuvre of key writers within a postcolonial theoretical framework. With the advent of democracy, South Africa has witnessed new writings which either reflected on apartheid with elements of restoration for past atrocities and centered around reflective nostalgia, or looked ahead with optimism and foregrounded new beginnings. The end of the interregnum in 1994 drove people to narrate the relationship between past, present and future, which revealed an exciting diversity and rituals of bourgeois lives or reflected upon disadvantaged and marginalized homes in townships, casbahs and ghettos. These innovative narratives attempt to conquer and spatialize different histories, while at the same time finding creative ways to assemble shattered fragments of memory. A critical question this study asks is whether South African literature continues to address themes of journey, exile, migration and identity within the major concern of place and displacement in apartheid and post-apartheid South African Indian writing, or whether the new writings foreground critical self-awareness as citizens of a democratic and neo-colonial nation-state. What analytical questions and concerns do new writings from the Global South address? This book of critical essays hopes to endorse social and cultural—race, class, gender, sexuality—analysis, problematize them, expand them, and in the end enrich South African literature. In so doing, the authors attempt to encourage a critical, creative and empowering space for a plurality of voices, minds and stories and hope to reveal how literature involves itself in the unfinished business of the collective in South African history and literature.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Vienna, Oxford, Wien, 2018. X, 168 pp.