New Soundings in Postcolonial Writing is a collection of critical and creative writing in honour of the postcolonial critic, editor and anthologist Bruce King. There are essays on topics relating to Caribbean authors (Derek Walcott, Simone and Andre Schwarz-Bart); diaspora writers in England (Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Michael Ondaatje), South East Asian writing in English (Arun Kolatkar, recent Pakistani fiction, Anita Desai) and New Zealand, Canadian and Pacific writers (Albert Wendt, Patricia Grace, Bill Manhire, Joseph Boyden, Greg O’Brien).
The creative writing section features new work by David Dabydeen, Fred D’Aguiar, Arvind Mehrotra, Jeet Thayil, Meena Alexander, Keki Daruwalla, Adil Jussawalla, Tabish Khair, Susan Visvanathan and others, reflecting King’s pioneering work on Indian poetry in English, and his many friendships.
JANET WILSON is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Northampton. She has published widely on New Zealand and Australian literature, including diaspora writers Katherine Mansfield, Fleur Adcock and Dan Davin. She coedits
Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
CHRIS RINGROSE is Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, Australia. He has written on postcolonial authors like Ben Okri and Kazuo Ishiguro, is co-editor of the
Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and a translator, prize winning poet and short story writer.
Table of contents
JANET WI LSON AND CHRIS RINGROSE: Introduction: Tilling the Fields of Postcolonial Literature
ESSAYS IN CRITICISM
THE CARIBBEAN J. MICHAEL DASH: A Perpetual Surprise: East Indians in the West Indies ROBERT HAMNER: The Present Absence of the Father in the Poetry of Derek Walcott KATHLEEN GYSSELS: From “The Rivers of Babylon” to Un Plat de porc aux bananes vertes: Intricacies of the Postcolonial and Postwar Jewish Condition JOHN T. GILMORE : The Rock: Island and Identity in Barbados
ENGLAND BÉNÉDICTE LEDENT: The Many Voices of Post-Colonial London: Language and Identity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000) and Andrea Levy’s Small Island (2004) GEETHA GANAPATHY DORE: A Postcolonial Passage to England: Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table
SOUTH-EAST ASIA LAETITIA ZECCHINI: “A Message in a Bottle”: On the Pleasures of Translating Arun Kolatkar into French ARVIND KRISHNA MEHROTRA: Jejuri–Bandra–Jejuri: Strolling with Kolatkar MARTA DVOŘÁK: Intertext, Architext, and Métissage: Anita Desai’s Negotiation of Cultural Gaps MUNEEZA SHAMSIE:Pakistani English Novels in the New Millennium: Migration, Geopolitics, and Tribal Tales
NEW ZEALAND AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC JEAN–PI ERRE DURIX: Fantasy, Myth, and the Pacific World: Albert Wendt’s The Adventures of Vela GORDON COLLIER: Read Instructions and Shake Carefully Before Use: Fragmented Wholes in Narratives by Bill Manhire and Gregory O’Brien GEOFFREY V. DAVIS“The Biggest Adventure”: Indigenous People and White Men’s Wars
CREATIVE WRITING DAVID DABYDEEN: Chinese Mothers KEKI N. DARUWALLA: Cabral ADIL JUSSAWALLA: Memoirs: for Bruce JEET THAYIL: The Book of Bruce OLIVE SENIOR: Fabulous Eyelids FRED D’AGUIAR: For Bruce (& Adèle) TABISH KHAIR: Past Dawn ANAND THAKORE: Puppet’s Life Ends on String JANE BHANDARI: A Sheet Like Snow MANOHAR SHETTY: Threshold SMITA AGRAWAL: I Love You (From Mofussil Notebook) JOHN HAYNES: Back KEVIN IRELAND: A Mute Biography SHANTA ACHARYA: Wonder of the Age KARTHIKA NAIR: Habits: Remnants ALAMGIR HASHMI: They Say, They Never Wrote SUSAN VISVANATHAN: Conch
All interested in criticism on postcolonial writing from the Caribbean, New Zealand, Canada and the Pacific, and British diaspora writing, and all who enjoy reading postcolonial poetry and prose.