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Vernacular worlds, cosmopolitan imagination

Author: Stephanos Stephanides; Stavros Stavrou Karayanni
Publisher: Leiden : Brill Rodopi, [2015] ©2015
Series: Cross/cultures, 181.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection addresses broad questions of ethics and aesthetics in the framework of vernacular cosmopolitanism. With a common anthropological focus, the essays map literary and artistic practices involving cross-cultural transactions shaped by social forces, institutions, and the multiple mediations of the imagination. Some essays are based on community-based fieldwork, while all encompass an affective immersion  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (GyWOH)har155013604
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanos Stephanides; Stavros Stavrou Karayanni
ISBN: 9789004300644 9004300643
OCLC Number: 908334720
Description: xxvii, 230 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Vernacular worlds, cosmopolitan imagination: the intimate estrangement of homecoming / Stephanos Stephanides and Stavros S. Karayanni --
Doing the right thing: ACLALS, social change, and cultural activism / Geoffrey V. Davis --
"There's a meat down there": an essay on English and the environment in Africa / Elsie Cloete --
Vernacular patterns in flux: mirroring change in an aboriginal workshop, Tiwi designs, northern Australia / Diana Wood Conroy --
Wealth-giving mermaid women and the malign magic of the market: contemporary oral accounts of the South African mamlambo / Felicity Wood --
"Travelling knowledges": 'practising' indigenous literatures in the Indian University / Debashree Dattaray --
What about Shobhaa Dé? Indian pulp fiction meets Indian writing in English / Padmini Mongia --
"Ghem pona wai?": vernacular imaginations in contemporary Papua New Guinea fiction / Paul Sharrad --
Samuel Beckett and J.M. Coetzee: narrative power and the postcolonial / Paul Stewart --
Language and perception: reinstating the individual in postcolonial literary studies / Victor J. Ramraj --
Indigenous exotic: cosmopolitan dingoes and brumbies / Russell McDougall.
Series Title: Cross/cultures, 181.
Responsibility: edited by Stephanos Stephanides, Stavros Karayanni.

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"This collection addresses broad questions of ethics and aesthetics in the framework of vernacular cosmopolitanism. With a common anthropological focus, the essays map literary and artistic practices involving cross-cultural transactions shaped by social forces, institutions, and the multiple mediations of the imagination. Some essays are based on community-based fieldwork, while all encompass an affective immersion in the places we inhabit, and the claims these make on the body's intelligibility. The authors consider the role of artists, writers, and literary scholars as cultural actors in a variety of settings, grassroots, regional, trans-regional, and global. Topics include: the role of social and cultural activism; the problematic dimensions of national belonging; the plurality of knowledge-systems and inter-language environ-mental learning in South Africa; the vernacular imagination in Papua New Guinea Anglophone fiction; pulp fiction and chick lit in India; transformative artistic motifs of Australia's nomadic Tiwi community; life writing as a reconfiguring of postcolonial or cosmopolitan paradigms; southern African supernatural belief-systems and the malign magic of the global economy; Canadian First Nations literature read against the struggle for self-determination by India's castes and scheduled tribes; feral animals in relation to the indigenous exotic; and the imbrication of the vernacular, national, colonial, and cosmopolitan in perceptions of homecoming in the eastern Mediterranean. The collection as a whole thus provides manifestations of poesis in relation to theory and praxis and articulates perspectives that expand, challenge, strengthen, and renew the potential for growth in contemporary world literature and culture."--Back cover.

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