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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

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Introduction: Routing Diasporas

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pp. 1-22

It has often been noted that diaspora is a phenomenon that can be traced to antiquity. Its current ubiquity as a focus of academic study, however, is informed in no small measure by contemporary conditions of global capitalism. Globalization and diaspora, though, bespeak different histories and modes of...

Part 1: Interrogating Terms

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1. The Middle Passages of Black Migration

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pp. 25-43

The middle passage is a particularly charged signifier within a black literary imagination. Carl Pedersen calls it “arguably the defining moment of the African- American experience.”1 He identifies a literary geography that extends the signification of the middle passage beyond the historical moment of...

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2. Making the Exodus from Algeria “European”: Family and Race in 1962 France

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pp. 44-66

Does every exodus lead to a diaspora? The biblical stories linked to both terms do not, of course, support such a causal claim. Yet looking at one moment at the height of the mid- twentieth- century collapse of Europe an empires, a phenomenon that contemporary French observers dubbed “the...

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3. Enslaved Lives, Enslaving Labels: A New Approach to the Colonial Indian Labor Diaspora

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pp. 67-92

India has seen some of the largest labor migrations in the modern world, with the annual emigration of Indians overseas fluctuating between 240,000 to 660,000 in the period from 1870 to 1930, and totaling some 2,483,000 between 1911 and 1915 alone. This chapter highlights what are termed “subaltern...

Part 2: Maps of Intimacy

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4. Empire, Anglo-India, and the Alimentary Canal

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pp. 95-122

In a century that was, in the words of one critic, “[militarily], . . . perhaps the busiest period in British history,” the event popularly known as the Indian Mutiny of 1857– 58 stands out both for the challenge it posed to colonial notions of race, rule, and hierarchy and for the impact it had upon a metropolitan...

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5. Domestic Internationalisms, Imperial Nationalisms: Civil Rights, Immigration, and Conjugal Military Policy

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pp. 123-140

How do denizens of a nation come to imagine our imperial relations? How do we in the United States envision denizens of our far- flung territories, even as they are engaged in such intimate activities as manufacturing our clothing and pleasuring our soldiers abroad and crossing our borders to wash our clothes...

Part 3: Nation, Narrative, Diaspora

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6. Serial Migration: Stories of Home and Belonging in Diaspora

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pp. 143-172

Growing up in Hong Kong and, later, Southern California, I had imagined the world to be much smaller than I know it to be now. It had to do with the way my parents talked about family and friends who were living in other parts of the world but whose thoughts and experiences were conveyed with such a...

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7. Building Associations: Nineteenth-Century Monumental Architecture and the Jew in the American Imagination

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pp. 173-207

Diaspora studies emerged in the final decades of the twentieth century as an academic discourse concerned to explore the social formation of various ethnic, religious, and racial groups violently dispersed from their traditional homelands. With its focus on disempowered peoples whose relocations were...

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8. Cultural Forms and World Systems: The Ethnic Epic in the New Diaspora

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pp. 208-228

Since the rise of cultural studies, literary critics have shown some discomfort in their conjurings with the novel, especially when trying to get a fix on the contemporary globe. Even within the field of eighteenth- century studies, where immense debates still go on about the origins, prehistories, rise and afterlives...

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Afterword: Diaspora and the Language of Neoliberalism

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pp. 229-232

Some categories of analysis are useful for gathering together or cutting apart. Others work better for dissolving received ideas and misconceptions. One solvent that scholars found particularly useful in the late twentieth century was the adjective “global.” Following the breakup of the Soviet Union and the...

List of Contributors

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pp. 233-234

Index

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pp. 235-241