Literature from the Peripheries: Refrigerated Culture and Pluralism is a collection of chapters dealing with multiple minority cultures from all over the world. The book examines the status of several less known cultures or cultural communities which exist in the peripheries of space and time. In addition to this, the arguments and the discourses running through chapters prove the need of cultural diversity and pluralism. This well-thought and critically written book is a clarion call for humanity to look over the shoulder and see the ghost of civilization receding farther away. The book will interest the readers, scholars, practitioners, and activists who like to explore several cultures and cultural conflicts.
M. Anjum Khan is assistant professor of English in Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore.
Shubhanku Kochar is assistant professor at University School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Introduction, Anjum Khan and Shubhanku Kochar
Chapter One: Colonial Encounters and Cultural Genocide: A Postcolonial Textualisation of Ferdinand Leopold Oyono’s The Old Man and the Medal, Zuhmboshi Eric Nsuh
Chapter Two: The Anglo Indian Community and its Cultural Aporia: Reading the Works of Allan Sealy’s The Trotter-Nama: A Chronicle, Medha Bhadra Chowdhury
Chapter Three: The Traces of Dystopian in Post Independent Manipuri Poetry, Neelima B and Saji Mathew
Chapter Four: Cultural Refrigeration through Cinema in the age of Globalization: From Hollywood to Nollywood, Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah
Chapter Five: Subaltern Cosmopolitanism- The ‘Parankis’ of Postcolonial Kochi, Anupama Nayar
Chapter Six: Unseen, Unheard and Unacknowledged: An Eco-Cultural Reading of Benyamin's Goat Days in the Age of the Anthropocene, Risha Baruah
Chapter Seven: The Idea of Minor Literature by Deleuze and Guattari with reference to Naga Identity, Psyche and Victimization of Indigenous Communities in Temsula Ao’s These Hills Called Home: Stories From A War Zone, Sindhura Dutta and Asijit Datta
Chapter Eight: The Influence of West Indian Cultural Values on Collective and Individual Identities in Brown Girl, Brownstones and Praisesong for the Widow, Renée Latchman
Chapter Nine: Mainstreaming the Marginal: Cultural Extermination and Tribal Resistance in Ranendra’s Lords of the Global Village (2017), Asis De
Chapter Ten: Passing and Caribbean Identity in America in No Telephone to Heaven by Michelle Cliff, Denise M. Jarrett
Chapter Eleven: ‘American Dream Versus Nightmare’: Migration, Minority Culture and Magic in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices, Munira Salim
Chapter Twelve: Colouring Culture, Cosmopolitanizing Identity: Shades of ‘Otherness’ in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Maitrayee Misra
Chapter Thirteen: Passing: Trauma and Technique An inquisitive reading of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and Passing, Prachi Behrani and Vinaya Kumari
About the Contributors
Literature from the Peripheries is a must read for anyone interested in minority cultures and communities globally. The essays are in depth and cover diverse topics making the Book extremely relevant for all Postcolonial scholars.
This book is a timely intervention into the facets of marginalized literature with its emphasis on postcolonial Indian literature. It provides a brilliant study of texts and the thirteen chapters give an insight into a broad spectrum of theoretical and historical issues of marginal literature. This book provides an astute revelation on the discourse of marginality and will be of interest to scholars and students.
Literature from the Peripheries is a well-researched book articulating the need for cultural renaissance and inclusive cultural ecosystem in a liberal democracy like that of India. The book has done justice in navigating the literature of the various ethnic communities which are written both in English as well as in native languages. What is most remarkable about the book is that, it has tried to bring to the fore the ‘English’ that communities in India and in various parts of the world write with offering a wide scope to understand the dichotomous relationship that emerges out of language differences between people and becomes an overpowering reason for social exclusion. The book rightly, vocalizes the need for appreciating differences to know the richness with which the world is inhabited.
Literature from the Peripheries: Refrigerated Culture and Pluralism is a brilliant collection of essays with an insightful introduction, that transforms our understanding of marginalized voices through the re-reading of texts that instinctively cuts across political and cultural boundaries.
Trajectories of central-marginal interactions have set multiple layers which the authors of this study inspect at length. What kind of actors and communities are there and in what way have their relationships impacted society in general? While the thirteen contributors examine both clashes and connections, resistance and expressions of hybridity and belonging emerge as part of fluid, cohesive or nuanced cultural representations. This volume thus opens up the concept of refrigerated culture, hinting at supremacy and racism, towards a mobile vehicle weaving (post)colonialist views presented by African, Indian or American writers, including Indian-American or Jamaican-American ones.