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Mythologies of migration, vocabularies of indenture : novels of the South Asian diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific

Author: Mariam Pirbhai
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2009.
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"South Asian migration during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was largely made up of indentured labourers sent to British colonies after the 1833 abolition of slavery. Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture uses the critical paradigm of indenture history to examine the local literary and cultural histories that have influenced and shaped the development of novel-length fiction by writers of  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mariam Pirbhai
ISBN: 9780802099648 0802099645
OCLC Number: 318231001
Description: viii, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. multiple voices of indenture history : an introduction --
2. New approaches to an old diaspora : theorizing texts and contexts --
3. indenture narrative of Mauritius : Deepchand Beeharry's That others might live --
4. 'Passenger Indians' and dispossessed citizens in Uganda and South Africa : Peter Nazareth's In a brown mantle and Farida Karodia's Daughters of the twilight --
5. New configurations of identity for the Indo-Guyanese 'this time generation' : Rooplall Monar's Janjhal and Narmala Shewcharan's Tomorrow is another day --
6. Indo-Trinidadian fictions of community within the metanarratives of 'faith' : Lakshmi Persaud's Butterfly in the wind and Sharlow Mohammed's The elect --
7. politics of (the English) language in Malaysia and Singapore : K.S. Maniam's The return and Gopal Baratham's A candle or the sun --
8. From the Ganges to the South Seas : Fiji as 'fatal paradise' in Satendra Nandan's The wounded sea.
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