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Fictionalizing the World

Rethinking the Politics of Literature

Edited By Louisa Söllner and Anita Vržina

The book offers ten essays which explore the interaction between literature and politics. The authors investigate a variety of genres including young-adult fiction, national poetry, novels, autobiography, and performance art from different time periods ranging from the 18 th up to the 21 st century from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Grouped in three sections, the essays focus on the relationship between fiction and identity; the creation of spaces of/in fiction; and the interplay of irony and fiction. They reveal that fiction has a fundamental potential not only to react to but also to affect and shape the world. This offers a possibility to negotiate and re-imagine the ways in which we perceive the world and position ourselves within it.
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Negotiating Colonial Legacies in Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North

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This paper focuses on the question of colonial legacies and the complex postcolonial relations in Tayeb Salih’s novel Season of Migration to the North (1967). Negotiating the heritage left behind by colonizers involves integrating the imperial past into one’s own biography, instead of trying to eradicate it.

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