By BARTELS, Anke and Dirk WIEMANN (Eds.)
Whereas the area looks getting ever smaller and globalization has turn into the ever-present buzz-word, regionalism and fragmentation additionally abound. this is able to be when you consider that, faraway from being the alleged creation of cultural homogeneity, the worldwide is continually re-defined and changed during the neighborhood. This pressure, pervading a lot of up to date tradition, has an seen designated relevance for the hot forms of English and the literature released in English world-wide. Postcolonial literatures exist on the interface of English as a hegemonic medium and its many nationwide, local and native opponents that rework it within the new English literatures. hence any exploration of a globalization of cultures has take into consideration the truth that tradition is a posh box characterised by means of hybridization, plurality, and distinction. yet whereas international or transnational cultures could enable for a brand new cosmopolitanism that produces ever-changing, fluid identities, they don't provide upward push to an egalitarian worldwide village an asymmetry among centre and outer edge continues to be principally intact, albeit alongside new parameters. The essays accumulated during this quantity provide readings of literary, theoretical, and filmic texts from the postcolonial global. those texts are learn as makes an attempt to articulate the worldwide with the neighborhood from a point of view of immersion within the genuine range of life-worlds, targeting such concerns as intake, identity-politics, and modes of association. during this feel, they're international fragments: in the community refractured figurations of an event of world-wide interconnectedness. Contents *** international Fragments: An advent *** Glocal Identities: Mapping, Itineraries, Memories*** Russell WEST PAVLOV: modern Asian Australian Identities: Hsu Ming Teo s Love and Vertigo*** Anja SCHWARZ: Mapping (Un-)Australian Identities: Territorial Disputes in Christos Tsiolkas Loaded*** Mala PANDURANG: realizing Departure: A research of pick out Pre-Migration Indian lady S
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