Displacement, Memory, and Travel in Contemporary Migrant Writing


Author: Jopi Nyman
Displacement, Memory, and Travel in Contemporary Migrant Writing examines contemporary cultural representations of transforming identities in the era of increasing global mobility. It pays particular attention to the ways in which cultural encounters are experienced affectively and discursively in migrant literature. Divided into three parts that deal with refugee writing and displacement, migration and memory, and new European identities, the volume develops current methodologies and shows how postcolonial studies can be applied to the study of cultural encounters. Writers studied include Simão Kikamba, Ishmael Beah, Madhur Jaffrey, Diana Abu-Jaber, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Caryl Phillips, Jamal Mahjoub, and Monica Ali, and several refugee writers.

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Jopi Nyman, Ph.D. (1996), University of Joensuu, is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Eastern Finland. He has published several monographs and edited collections on Anglophone literature and culture.

1. Introduction

Part I: Refugees and Displaced Migrants

2. Refugee(s) Writing: Displacement in Contemporary Narratives of Forced Migration
3. Mapping Refugee Spaces in Simão Kikamba’s Going Home
4. Transnational Migrant Identity in Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
5. Borders and Transitive Identities in Jamal Mahjoub’s “Last Thoughts on the Medusa”

Part II: Memories of Migration

6. Home, Memory, and Identity in the Culinary Memoirs by Madhur Jaffrey and Diana Abu-Jaber
7. Migration and Melancholia in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Pilgrims Way
8. Transnational Spaces, Identities, and Memories in Caryl Phillips’ Dancing in the Dark

Part III: Migration, Travel, and Postcolonial Europe

9. Transnational Europe in Jamal Mahjoub’s Travelling with Djinns
10. Travel, Diaspora, and Migration in Jamal Mahjoub’s The Drift Latitudes
11. Globalizing European Peripheries: The Transnational and the Translocal in Monica Ali’s Alentejo Blue
12. Cross-Cultural Kitchen: Britishness, Globalization, and New Migrants in Monica Ali’s In the Kitchen

The book is relevant for scholars and students of postcolonial literature and migration studies, academic and public libraries, and research institutes in the field.

Relevant subjects: literature, cultural studies, migration studies, transnational studies, postcolonial studies, European Studies, sociology, memory studies