Exile, Migration, and Diaspora Reconsidered
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Rutgers University Press
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This book has its origins in “Aftermaths: Exile, Migration, Diaspora,” an international conference held in April 2004 at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee and sponsored by the Center for International Education. This collection of essays builds upon the presentations of the conference speakers...
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The world produced by globalization, whereby the world’s economies are increasingly brought together into a single network, has been largely under-stood in terms of a dynamic that emphasizes movement and convergence. The political and economic order that has taken shape since the end of the cold war is frequently characterized as an interdependent system of per-...
Part I: Exile as Origin
Tales of Migration from Central America and Central Europe
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Though we academics always hope and believe that what we study and write about under the large heading of “history” will have its place, and perhaps even its eff ect, in the world—that is, in the world of our most human everyday relationships and actions—the mediation from one realm to the other...
What They Left Behind: The Irish Landscape after Emigration
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It is impossible to separate the history and culture of Ireland from the experience of emigration. While Ireland is not unique in having seen many of its own leave on account of the arduous circumstances of poverty and eviction, the country stands apart in the sheer number of its losses. Ireland is the only...
Part II: The Spirituality of Exile
The Dialectic of Marginality in the Haitian Community of Guadeloupe, French West Indies
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For the past twenty years in American cultural anthropology, diasporas have been defined by the cultural connections and flows that knit together a single geographically dispersed group. The Jewish historical experience, regarded by many as an ideal type, involved a sprawling social world of...
On the Metaphysics of Exile
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According to the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, exile marks a crucial moment in human history. Genesis 3 tells us how Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden with consequences affecting the whole of human...
Part III: Diasporas and the Reinvention of the Local
Pays Reve, Pays Reel: Creolite and Its Diasporas
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The idea of diaspora has undergone a stark transvaluation in recent cultural criticism. From the Greek and meaning “to scatter throughout, or far and wide,” the term “diaspora” originally referred to the dispersal of the Jewish people in the Babylonian exile and after. It signified the continuity of a culture...
Criticism, Exile, Ireland
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I wish here to look at the work of two of the most prominent Irish critics of the last twenty-five years, Seamus Deane and Edna Longley. It seems to me to be legitimate to look at them under the rubric of exile, as they have moved, over the course of their careers from places of origin into new geographies...
Edwidge Danticat's Latinidad: The Farming of Bones and the Cultivation (of Fields) of Knowledge
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Ellen McCracken’s recent study New Latina Narrative: The Feminine Space of Postmodern Ethnicity begins with a familiar story; in it, she embeds the multiple histories of emerging U.S. Latino political, cultural, and intellectual...
Part IV: Migrant Fantasies
The Great Migration Elsewhere
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Nowhere is the codependent relationship between revolution and tradition, as Boym articulates, more apparent than in the postcommunist Balkans. An upsurge in nationalism had the revolutionary effect of dismantling communist regimes while at the same time inciting the ethnic wars of secession...
Bending It Like Beckham: Sex, Soccer, and Traveling Indians
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The DVD jacket of Bend It Like Beckham quotes a review containing a quintessentially Americanized perspective on its theme: “to follow your dreams, you have to bend the rules.” Indian immigration to the West, particularly to....
Coming to the Antipodes: Migrancy, Travel, Homecoming
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The topic of this volume has assumed the shifting boundaries of the world. Does it also assume, I wonder, any deep change in our idea of the human, our idea particularly of the so-called Other? (As if the Other does not dwell within us all, the stranger in our skin, the shadow walking beside...
Afteword: The Dialectics of Identity
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As Helen Fehervary’s final quotation from Anna Seghers reminds us, nowhere do we more vividly experience the inescapable immediacy of the powers that determine our lives than in the need to escape from one place and strike out for another. Whether we are leaving in the aftermath of a natural disaster...
Notes on Contributors
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Page Count: 266
Publication Year: 2009
Series Title: New Directions in International Studies