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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies


Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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Liminality as Seen Through the Gardens of Salman Rushdie’s Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty Eight Days (Patrycja Austin)


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Patrycja Austin

Liminality as Seen Through the Gardens of Salman Rushdie’s Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty Eight Days

Abstract: Following John Thieme’s belief that gardens in postcolonial literature are discursively constructed liminal spaces this article engages with the various forms of border crossing in Salman Rushdie’s novel focusing on the problems of migration and belonging, colonialism and postcoloniality, the intermingling of cultures, ecological crisis and terrorism.

Key words: liminal spaces, migration, ecocriticism, nature and civilisation.

What is theoretically innovative, and politically crucial, is the need to think beyond narratives of originary and initial subjectivities and to focus on those moments or processes that are produced in the articulation of cultural differences. These “in-between” spaces provide the terrain for elaborating strategies of selfhood–singular or communal–that initiate new signs of identity, and innovative sites of collaboration, and contestation, in the act of defining the idea of society itself.

Homi Bhabha (1994, 1–2)

The real art of gardening is to make a plant that has come from distant lands not only look at home but to feel at home.

Lionel de Rothschild (quoted in Brown 2006)

“We live in a world of borders. Territorial, political, juridical and economic borders of all kinds quite literally define every aspect of social life in the twenty-first century” (Nail 2016, 1). With this statement Thomas Nail opens his 2016 Theory of the Border...

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