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Immigrant Fictions: Contemporary Literature in an Age of Globalization

  • Published Date: 2007

Rebecca L. Walkowitz (Editor)
University of Wisconsin Press, 2007

altImmigrant Fictions is a groundbreaking collection that brings together studies of world literature, book history, narrative theory, and the contemporary novel. Contributors argue that today's methods of critical reading have assumed a national model of literary culture. Instead, these essay suggest, contemporary novels by immigrant writers need to be read across several geographies of production, circulation, and translation. Analyzing work by David Peace, George Lamming, Caryl Phillips, Iva Pekarkova, Yan Geling, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Anchee Min, and Monica Ali, the contributors to Immigrant Fictions take up a range of critical topics, including the transnational book and the migrant writer, the comparative reception history of postcolonial fiction, trnasnational criticism and Asian-American literature in the U.S., mobility and feminism in translation, linguistic mediation and immigrant fictions, migration and the politics of narrative form. This volume is also available as the Winter 2006 special issue of the journal Contemporary Literature.