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In the first published book-length study of Indian fiction in South Africa, Pallavi Rastogi demonstrates that Indians desire South African citizenship in the fullest sense of the word, a longing for inclusion that is asserted through an “Afrindian” identity. Afrindian Fictions: Diaspora, Race, and National Desire in South Africa examines Afrindian identity and blurs the racial binary of black and white interaction in South African studies as well as unsettles the East-West paradigm of migration dominant in South Asian diaspora studies. While offering incisive analyses of the work of the most important South African Indian writers today—Ahmed Essop, Farida Karodia, Achmat Dangor, Imraan Coovadia, and Praba Moodley among others—the author also places South African Indian fiction within broader literary traditions. Rastogi’s project of recovery shines a light on the rich but neglected literature by South African Indians. The book closes with interviews conducted with six key South African Indian writers. Here the authors not only reflect on their own writing but also comment on many of the issues raised in the book itself, particularly the role of Indians in South Africa today, and the status of South African Indian writing. Afrindian Fictions is a valuable introduction to South African Indian literature as well as a major interrogation of some of the foundational notions of post-colonial literary studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction: Are Indians Africans Too, or When Does a Subcontinental Become a Citizen?
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Indians in Short: Collectivity versus Specificity in the Apartheid Story
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. 2. Essop's Fables: Strategic Indianness, Political Occasion, and the Grand Old Man of South African Indian Literature
  2. pp. 47-69
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  1. 3. National Longing, Natural Belonging: Flux and Rootedness in Achmat Dangor's Kafka's Curse
  2. pp. 70-91
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  1. 4. The Point of Return: Backward Glances in Farida Karodia's Other Secrets
  2. pp. 92-113
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  1. 5. Lost in Transplantation: Recovering the History of Indian Arrival in South Africa
  2. pp. 114-137
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  1. 6. Citizen Other: The Implosion of Racial Harmony in Postapartheid South Africa
  2. pp. 138-160
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  1. Conclusion: New Directions or Same Old?: Afrindian Identity and Fiction Today
  2. pp. 161-167
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  1. Interviews
  2. pp. 168-234
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 235-269
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 270-280
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271810
Related ISBN
9780814203194
MARC Record
OCLC
1083083190
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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