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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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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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Cracked Within: Reading the Sri Lankan Civil War in Jean Arasanayagam’s The Dividing Line (Dolikajyoti Sharma)

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Dolikajyoti Sharma

Cracked Within: Reading the Sri Lankan Civil War in Jean Arasanayagam’s The Dividing Line

Abstract: The article looks at The Dividing Line by Jean Arasanayagam, a Sri Lankan writer of Dutch-Burgher descent, who uses the themes of displacement and exile to question, through her fiction, the postcolonial nation-state of Sri Lanka and the identities imposed on those forced to flee from their homes during the civil war in the 1980s.

Key words: Sri Lankan literature, Sri Lankan history, displacement, exile, borderland identity.

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