Reconstructing Hybridity

Post-Colonial Studies in Transition

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Editors: Joel Kuortti and Jopi Nyman
This interdisciplinary collection of critical articles seeks to reassess the concept of hybridity and its relevance to post-colonial theory and literature. The challenging articles written by internationally acclaimed scholars discuss the usefulness of the term in relation to such questions as citizenship, whiteness studies and transnational identity politics. In addition to developing theories of hybridity, the articles in this volume deal with the role of hybridity in a variety of literary and cultural phenomena in geographical settings ranging from the Pacific to native North America. The collection pays particular attention to questions of hybridity, migrancy and diaspora.

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Joel Kuortti is Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Culture at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He has published widely on Indian literature in English, especially on Salman Rushdie and women’s writing. His publications include The Salman Rushdie Bibliography (1997), Place of the Sacred (1997), Fictions to Live In (1998), Indian Women’s Writing in English: A Bibliography (2002) and Tense Past, Tense Present (2003). His current research is on the diasporic Indian women’s writing in English.
Jopi Nyman is Acting Professor of English at the University of Joensuu in Finland. His books include Men Alone: Masculinity, Individualism and Hard-Boiled Fiction (1997), Under English Eyes: Constructions of Europe in Early Twentieth-Century British Fiction (2000), Postcolonial Animal Tale from Kipling to Coetzee (2003), and Imagining Englishness: Essays on the Representation of National Identity in Modern British Culture (2005). He is currently completing a book about diasporic writing in Britain and the United States.
Contributors
Joel KUORTTI and Jopi NYMAN: Introduction: Hybridity Today
Part One: Reconstructing Theories of Hybridity
David HUDDART: Hybridity and Cultural Rights: Inventing Global Citizenship
Sabine BROECK: White Fatigue, or, Supplementary Notes on Hybridity
Dimple GODIWALA: Postcolonial Desire: Mimicry, Hegemony, Hybridity
Jeroen DEWULF: As a Tupi-Indian, Playing the Lute: Hybridity as Anthropophagy
Paul SHARRAD: Strategic Hybridity: Some Pacific Takes on Postcolonial Theory
Andrew BLAKE: From Nostalgia to Postalgia: Hybridity and Its Discontents in the Work of Paul Gilroy and the Wachowski Brothers
Part Two: Reading Hybridity
Zoe TRODD: Hybrid Constructions: Native Autobiography and the Open Curves of Cultural Hybridity
Sheng-Mei MA : The Necessity and Impossibility of Being Mixed-Race in Asian American Literature
Jopi NYMAN: The Hybridity of the Asian American Subject in Cynthia Kadohata’s The Floating World
Joel KUORTTI: Problematic Hybrid Identity in the Diasporic Writings of Jhumpa Lahiri
Andrew HAMMOND: The Hybrid State: Hanif Kureishi and Thatcher’s Britain
Valerie KANEKO LUCAS: Performing British Identity: Fix Up and Fragile Land
Samir DAYAL: Subaltern Envy? Salman Rushdie’s Moor’s Last Sigh
Mita BANERJEE: Postethnicity and Postcommunism in Hanif Kureishi’s Gabriel’s Gift and Salman Rushdie’s Fury
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