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Mozambique on the Move

Challenges and Reflections

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Edited by Sheila Pereira Khan, Maria Paula Meneses and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

Being a first of its kind, this volume comprises a multi-disciplinary exploration of Mozambique’s contemporary and historical dynamics, bringing together scholars from across the globe. Focusing on the country’s vibrant cultural, political, economic and social world – including the transition from the colonial to the postcolonial era – the book argues that Mozambique is a country still emergent, still unfolding, still on the move.
Drawing on the disciplines of history, literature studies, anthropology, political science, economy and art history, the book serves not only as a generous introduction to Mozambique but also as a case study of a southern African country.

Contributors are: Signe Arnfred, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, José Luís Cabaço, Ana Bénard da Costa, Anna Maria Gentili, Ana Margarida Fonseca, Randi Kaarhus, Sheila Pereira Khan, Maria Paula Meneses, Lia Quartapelle, Amy Schwartzott, Leonor Simas-Almeida, Anne Sletsjøe, Sandra Sousa, Linda van de Kamp.

Australian Theatre after the New Wave

Policy, Subsidy and the Alternative Artist

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Julian Meyrick

In Australian Theatre after the New Wave, Julian Meyrick charts the history of three ground-breaking Australian theatre companies, the Paris Theatre (1978), the Hunter Valley Theatre (1976-94) and Anthill Theatre (1980-94). In the years following the controversial dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government in 1975, these ‘alternative’ theatres struggled to survive in an increasingly adverse economic environment. Drawing on interviews and archival sources, including Australia Council files and correspondence, the book examines the funding structures in which the companies operated, and the impact of the cultural policies of the period. It analyses the changing relationship between the artist and the State, the rise of a managerial ethos of ‘accountability’, and the growing dominance of government in the fate of the nation’s theatre. In doing so, it shows the historical roots of many of the problems facing Australian theatre today.

“This is an exceptionally timely book... In giving a history of Australian independent theatre it not only charts the amazing rise and strange disappearance of an energetic, radical and dynamically democratic artistic movement, but also tries to explain that rise and fall, and how we should relate to it now.”
Prof. Justin O’Connor, Monash University

“This study makes a significant contribution to scholarship on Australian theatre and, more broadly… to the global discussion about the vexed relationship between artists, creativity, government funding for the arts and cultural policy.”
Dr. Gillian Arrighi, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Dislocating Globality

Deterritorialization, Difference and Resistance

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Edited by Šarūnas Paunksnis

Dislocating Globality: Deterritorialization, Difference and Resistance offers a broad panorama of critical approaches to globalization, its effects, the critique of neoliberalism, and discusses various forms of resistance to its monocultural raison d’être. The authors in this volume address these issues from a variety of perspectives – theoretical, as well as geographically diverse case-based analyses ranging from South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Australia in attempt to show the diverse effects of globalization, and varied forms of negotiating globalization on a local level.

Contributors are: Allie Biswas, Katherine Burrows, Jacob P. Chamberlain, Vytis Čiubrinskas, Maria Halouva, Jeanne Kay, Mara Matta, Gintautas Mažeikis, Dennis Mehmet, Beatriz Miranda-Galarza, Mustafa Mustafa, Abhijeet Paul, Šarūnas Paunksnis, and Némésis Srour.

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Michał Obszyński

Manifestes et programmes littéraires aux Caraïbes francophones étudie les textes manifestaires et programmatiques publiés aux Caraïbes francophones durant le XXe siècle. Il fait apparaître les enjeux esthétiques et idéologiques qui sous-tendent les débats littéraires en Haïti et aux Antilles françaises. Il montre également l’évolution de ces manifestes au gré des mutations socio-politiques et intellectuelles de cette période.
De la génération de La Ronde à la littérature-monde, en passant par, entre autres, l’indigénisme, la négritude, le réalisme merveilleux et la créolité, Michał Obszyński dresse un large panorama des principaux projets littéraires de la Caraïbe francophone. Son ouvrage permet de mieux comprendre l’émergence de ces courants littéraires et montre le rôle vital du manifeste dans leur formation et leur diffusion.


Manifestes et programmes littéraires aux Caraïbes francophones analyses the manifestoes and programmatic texts published in the French speaking Caribbean since the beginning of the twentieth century until present times. It uncovers the aesthetic and ideological issues underlying the literary debates in Haiti and the French West Indies. It also shows the evolution of these manifestos according to the socio-political and intellectual changes of that period.
From the generation of La Ronde to the concept of littérature-monde, through, inter altra, indigénisme, négritude, réalisme merveilleux or créolité, Michał Obszyński provides a broad overview of the major literary projects of the French speaking Caribbean. His work sheds light on the emergence of these literary movements and shows the vital role of the manifesto in their establishment and propagation.

Barbarism Revisited

New Perspectives on an Old Concept

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Edited by Maria Boletsi and Christian Moser

The figure of the barbarian has captivated the Western imagination from Greek antiquity to the present. Since the 1990s, the rhetoric of civilization versus barbarism has taken center stage in Western political rhetoric and the media. But how can the longevity and popularity of this opposition be accounted for? Why has it become such a deeply ingrained habit of thought that is still being so effectively mobilized in Western discourses?
The twenty essays in this volume revisit well-known and obscure chapters in barbarism's genealogy from new perspectives and through contemporary theoretical idioms. With studies spanning from Greek antiquity to the present, they show how barbarism has functioned as the negative outside separating a civilized interior from a barbarian exterior; as the middle term in-between savagery and civilization in evolutionary models; as a repressed aspect of the civilized psyche; as concomitant with civilization; as a term that confuses fixed notions of space and time; or as an affirmative notion in philosophy and art, signifying radical change and regeneration.
Proposing an original interdisciplinary approach to barbarism, this volume includes both overviews of the concept's travels as well as specific case studies of its workings in art, literature, philosophy, film, ethnography, design, and popular culture in various periods, geopolitical contexts, and intellectual traditions. Through this kaleidoscopic view of the concept, it recasts the history of ideas not only as a task for historians, but also literary scholars, art historians, and cultural analysts.

Espace méditerranéen

Écritures de l’exil, migrances et discours postcolonial

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Edited by Vassiliki Lalagianni and Jean-Marc Moura

À l’ère postcoloniale, les littératures de la migration et de l’exil se sont considérablement développées dans les pays de la Méditerranée qui ont connu, sous des formes diverses, le colonialisme, les guerres d’indépendance, puis la décolonisation. « Espace-mouvement » autour de trois aires culturelles, la chrétienté, le monde orthodoxe et la oumma musulmane, la Méditerranée a connu nombre d’affrontements, de heurts et de bouleversements identitaires. Au-delà de la crainte et de la méfiance nées de cette histoire, il existe une capacité d’invention renouvelée manifestée par les textes des écrivains issus des différents pays méditerranéens: Algérie, Chypre, Croatie, Égypte, Grèce, Liban, Maroc, Tunisie.
À la lumière de la critique postcoloniale, Espace méditerranéen : écritures de l’exil, migrances et discours postcolonial analyse la dimension politique de ces œuvres et le rôle qu’a pu jouer la découverte de cultures différentes – à travers la migration, l’exil, l’expatriation – dans le parcours de certains écrivains ou penseurs caractérisés par une double appartenance. Les auteurs de cet ouvrage s’attachent donc à montrer les complexités mais aussi tout l’intérêt des écritures de l’exil et de la migrance à la croisée des cultures et des langues de la Méditerranée contemporaine.

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Edited by Carole Edwards

Les littératures francophones postcoloniales portent l’empreinte de la douleur, du compromis ou encore de l’oubli, notions qui transparaissent dans celle du sacrifice. Dans ce collectif, les auteurs se penchent sur différentes représentations et fonctions du sacrifice dans le roman, le théâtre, la nouvelle, et le film antillais, haïtien, africain et québécois. L’étude déploie la diversité, tant dans le ton que la forme, du sacrifice dans des régions géographiques diverses et selon des esthétiques variées. Qu’il s’agisse du sacrifice au sens propre ou de l’artifice, la notion demeure riche en interprétations et traduit le caractère unique des littératures francophones. Don de soi ou don de l’autre, l’étude du sacrifice nous permet de comprendre l’Histoire d’hommes et de femmes pris dans le tourbillon de leur culture respective face au « destin ».

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F. Bart Miller

Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas analyses four cases in which Damasian Négritude shifted through generic experimentation: Pigments (1937), Retour de Guyane (1938), Veillées noires (1943) and Black-Label (1956). In doing so, it also advances scholarship on Damas (1912–1978) in two ways. On the one hand, it undertakes the crucial and in-depth research needed to challenge the understanding of Négritude as a bipartite (Césaire and Senghor) phenomenon. On the other hand, it offers an innovative reading of Damas whose work deserves more complete consideration than it has received thus far. Reading this essay will illuminate Damas’s works and their relationship to one another, thus demonstrating the continuity of Damasian Négritude.

Sexual Feelings

Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women’s Writing Through Affect

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Elina Valovirta

The present book offers a reader-theoretical model for approaching anglophone Caribbean women’s writing through affects, emotions, and feelings related to sexuality, a prominent theme in the literary tradition. How does an affective framework help us read this tradition of writing that is so preoccupied with sexual feelings? The novelists discussed in the book – chiefly Erna Brodber, Opal Palmer Adisa, Edwidge Danticat, Shani Mootoo, and Oonya Kempadoo – are representative of various anglophone Caribbean island cultures and English-speaking back¬grounds. The study makes astute use of the theoretical writings of such scholars as Sara Ahmed, Milton J. Bennett, Sue Campbell, Linden Lewis, Evelyn O’Callaghan, Lizabeth Paravisini – Gebert, Lynne Pearce, Elspeth Probyn, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Rei Terada, as well as the critical writings of Adisa, Brodber, Kempadoo, to shape an individual, focused argument. The works of the creative artists treated, and this volume, hold sexuality and emo¬tions to be vital for meaning-production and knowledge-negotiation across diffe¬rences (be they culturally, geographi¬cally or otherwise marked) that chal¬lenge the postcolonial reading process.

"Through the long corridor of distance"

Space and Self in Contemporary New Zealand Women’s Autobiographies

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Valérie Baisnée

Examined in this study are twentieth- and twenty-first century autobiographies and memoirs by major New Zealand women writers. Brought together for the first time in a single study, texts by Sylvia Ashton–Warner, Janet Frame, Lauris Edmond, Fiona Kidman, Barbara Anderson, Ruth Park, and Ruth Dallas are analysed with the aid of spatial concepts that probe unexplored aspects of their life-narratives.
Drawing on recent and revised concepts of place and space in cultural geography, philosophy, and sociology, the book ac¬knowledges the link between identities and locations in a non-essentialist way by pinpointing the various forms of inhabit¬ing and being in space. It refutes the idea of autobiographies as pure self-referential texts, and shows how these works deploy their own horizon of reference.