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The Texture of Identity: The Fiction of Mg Vassanji, Neil Bissoondath and Rohinton Mistry



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Cultural Writing. Asian Studies. Literary Criticism. Arguing that globalization is no longer a term defining only international cash flow but also includes the flow and exchange of cultures, this book examines the works of three major Canadian writers of South Asian origin and born in three different parts of the world-MG Vassanji, Neil Bissoondath, and Rohinton Mistry. To demonstrate the complex, textured identities of his authors of choice, Martin Genetsch shows that these and other writers not only negotiate their Canadian identities but also explore themselves in the cultures, histories, and geographical locations they come from. The result is a fine study of an important and defining aspect of Canadian literature.

Author Biography

Martin Genetsch teaches Shakespeare at the University of Trier.

Table of Contents

Difference and Identity in Multicultural and Postcolonial Discoursep. 1
Multiculturalism and Canadap. 1
Postcolonial Theoryp. 12
Supplementing Difference: MG Vassanjip. 23
'Here': The Promise of Hybridity. No New Land (1991)p. 23
'There': Transforming Difference. The Book of Secrets (1994)p. 41
Deconstructing Difference: Neil Bissoondathp. 69
'Here': Multiculturalism and Its Discontents. The Innocence of Age (1992)p. 70
'There' I: An Area of Darkness. A Casual Brutality (1988)p. 78
'There' II: Hurt and Healing. The Worlds Within Her (1999)p. 96
Transcending Difference: Rohinton Mistryp. 119
'Here': Towards a Hybrid Identity. Tales From Firozsha Baag (1987)p. 120
'There' I: Cultural Difference and the Struggle for Meaning. Such a Long Journey (1991)p. 135
'There' II: Cultural Difference and the Struggle for Meaning. A Fine Balance (1995)p. 158
Conclusionp. 191
Notesp. 195
Referencesp. 229
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