Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Women’s Writing

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This study presents a unique collection of essays which focus on the relationships among form, aesthetics, and transnational women’s writing produced in recent years. The essays in this volume treat literary works from diverse cultures and geographies, concentrating on the intersections of theory and literature. This results in a wide spectrum of identities and texts – including the work of Swedish poet Aase Berg, the Indian translation market, the Chicana novel, creative non-fiction by Croatian writer Dubravka Ugrešić, and multilingual hybrid texts by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – in order to provide a framework for an overarching theory of transnationalism as it interacts with newer paradigms of gendered identity and the new forms of literature to which they contribute. Transnationalism and Resistance offers a multifaceted approach to transnational studies and constitutes a cogent analysis of the ways in which women’s writing informs contemporary global literary production. This volume is of interest for scholars in women’s studies, literature, the social sciences, cultural studies and all other fields that take an interest in writing that addresses contemporary global issues.

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Adele Parker and Stephenie Young: Experience and Experiment in a Transnational Perspective
Bodies of Female Experience and Experiment
Flore Chevaillier: Erotics and Corporeality in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s DICTEE
Liamar Durán Almarza: “At Home at the Border”: Performing the Transcultural Body in Josefina Báez’s Dominicanish
Johannes Göransson: “Antibody”: Aase Berg’s Grotesque Poetry and the Swedish Welfare State
Trauma, Resistance, Nation
Anastasia Valassopoulos: Assia Djebar’s Seductive Trails in So Vast the Prison: “A Philosopher’s Thought Experiment”?
Tamara Lea Spira: Remembering Trauma, Refusing Disappearance: Corregidora, Bastard Out of Carolina, and the Transnational Labors of Memory
Ruben Murillo: ¿Ser o no ser?: Where Death, Violence, and Silence Intersect in Margarita Cota-Cárdenas’ Puppet
Stephenie Young: Transnational Memories and a Post-Yugoslav Writer
Limits of Transnationalism
Adele Parker: Writing as Mirror: Origins and Identities in the Work of Brina Svit
Maria-Theresia Holub: Language Borders/Border Languages
Ulrike Tancke: Beyond “Helpless Heterogeneity”: Difference and Identity in Contemporary British Women’s Fictions of Migration
Epilogue: Marketing Transnationalism
Pavithra Narayanan: Transcending Borders in Publishing: The Example of Mallika Sengupta, Bengali Woman Writer
Notes on Contributors
Index

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