ASNEL/GAPS Papers 25

Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World.
ASNEL/GAPS Papers 25.
Schmidt-Haberkamp, Barbara, Marion Gymnich and Klaus P. Schneider (eds.)
Brill Rodopi, Leiden/Boston, 2022.


Poverty and precarity are among the most pressing social issues of today and have become a significant thematic focus and analytical tool in the humanities in the last two decades. This volume brings together an international group of scholars who investigate conceptualisations of poverty and precarity from the perspective of literary and cultural studies as well as linguistics. Analysing literature, visual arts and news media from across the postcolonial world, they aim at exploring the frameworks of representation that impact affective and ethical responses to disenfranchised groups and precarious subjects. Case studies focus on intersections between precarity and race, class, and gender, institutional frameworks of publishing, environmental precarity, and the framing of refugees and migrants as precarious subjects.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World
An Introduction

Media, Performance, Genres

CLELIA CLINI: Poverty, (Neo)orientalism and the Cinematic Re-presentation of ‘Dark India’

GEOFFREY V. DAVIS: “Performing with What Little They Have”
Street Theatre in the Slums of Ahmedabad

DOROTHEE KLEIN: Overcoming the ‘Crisis of Nonrelation’ through Formal Innovation
Aboriginal Short Story Cycles

Intersectional Approaches

SUE KOSSEW: Precarious Lives in Tony Birch’s Common People (2017)

MARYAM MIRZA: Diasporic Female Precarity and Agency in Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways

ANNA LIENEN: Narrating the ‘Black Male Underclass’
The Ethics and Aesthetics of Coming into Representation

JULIA HOYDIS: Breaking the Cycle of Heathcliff
Precarious Subjects from Emily Brontë to Caryl Phillips

(Publication) Politics and Precarity

SUSAN NALUGWA KIGULI: Voices of Ugandan Women Writers
Positioning FEMRITE since 2006

SULE EMMANUEL EGYA: Poverty, Precarity and the Ethics of Representing Africa

Environmental Precarity

MALCOLM SEN: Sovereignty at the Margins
The Oceanic Future of the Subaltern

JAN RUPP: Plantation and Planet
Environmental Precarity in Anglophone Caribbean World Writing

Representing Refugees and Immigrants

J. U. JACOBS: Narrative Zones of Refuge in The Lost Boy by Aher Arop Bol and A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

JULIAN WACKER: “Bringing the Wisdom of Wall Street to Limbe”
Precarity and (American) Dream Narratives in Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers

ANDREAS MUSOLFF: The Scenario of (Im-)Migrants as Scroungers and/or Parasites in British Media Discourses

JANET M. WILSON: Narrating Precarious Lives Refugee Tales, African Titanics, and The Year of the Runaways