ASNEL Papers 09.2

Towards a Transcultural Future.
Literature and Society in a ‘Post’-Colonial World.

ASNEL Papers 9.2.
DAVIS, Geoffrey V., Peter H. MARSDEN, Bénédicte LEDENT & Marc DELREZ (Eds.)
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2005.


This second collection, complementing ASNEL Papers 9.1, covers a similar range of writers, topics, themes and issues, all focusing on present-day transcultural issues and their historical antecedents:


Preparing for post-apartheid in South African fiction; Maori culture and the New Historicism; Danish-New Zealand acculturation; linguistic approaches to ‘void’; women’s overcoming in Southern African writing; new post-apartheid approaches to literary studies; Afrikanerdom; postmodern psychoanalytic interpretations of Indian religion and identity; transcultural identity in the encounter with London: Malaysian, Nigerian, Pakistani; hypertextual postmodernism; fictionalized multiculturalism and female madness in Australian fiction; myopia and double vision in colonial Australia; Native-American fiction and poetry; Chinese-Canadian and Japanese-Canadian multiculturalism; the postcolonial city; African-American identity and postcolonial Africa; Johannesburg as locus of literary and dramatic creativity; theatre before and after apartheid; the black experience in England.


Lalithambika Antherjanam; Ayi Kwei Armah; J.M. Coetzee; Tsitsi Dangarembga; Helen Darville; Lauris Edmond; Buchi Emecheta; Yvonne du Fresne; Hiromi Goto; Patricia Grace; Rodney Hall; Joy Harjo; Bessie Head; Gordon Henry Jr.; Christopher Hope; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Hanif Kureishi; Keri Hulme, Lee Kok Liang; Bill Manhire; Zakes Mda; Mike Nicol; Michael Ondaatje; Alan Paton; Ravinder Randhawa; Wendy Rose; Salman Rushdie; Sipho Sepamla; Atima Srivastava; Meera Syal; Marlene van Niekerk; Yvonne Vera; Fred Wah


Ken Arvidson; Thomas Brückner; David Callahan; Eleonora Chiavetta; Marc Colavincenzo; Gordon Collier; John Douthwaite; Dorothy Driver; Claudia Duppé; Robert Fraser; Anne Fuchs; John Gamgee; D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke; Konrad Gross; Bernd Herzogenrath; Susanne Hilf; Clara A.B. Joseph; Jaroslav Kušnír; Chantal Kwast-Greff; M.Z. Malaba; Sigrun Meinig; Michael Meyer; Mike Nicol; Obododimma Oha; Vincent O’Sullivan; Judith Dell Panny; Mike Petry; Jochen Petzold; Norbert H. Platz; Malcolm Purkey; Stéphanie Ravillon; Anne Holden Rønning; Richard Samin; Cecile Sandten; Nicole Schröder; Joseph Swann; André Viola; Christine Vogt-William; Bernard Wilson; Janet Wilson; Brian Worsfold.


Katherine Gallagher; Peter Goldsworthy; Syd Harrex; Mike Nicol

Table of Contents



Norbert PLATZ et al.: In Memoriam Lauris Edmond (1924-2000): A Tribute


Thomas BRÜCKNER: An Anatomy of Violence: A Conversation with Mike Nicol

Mike NICOL: from The Ibis Tapestry

John DOUTHWAITE: Coetzee’s Disgrace: A Linguistic Analysis of the Opening Chapter

Dorothy DRIVER: Unruly Subjects in Southern African Writing

John GAMGEE: The White Tribe: The Afrikaner in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee

Richard SAMIN: Wholeness or Fragmentation? The New Challenges of South African Literary Studies

Brian WORSFOLD: Post-Apartheid Transculturalism in Sipho Sepamla’s Rainbow Journey and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

André VIOLA: Translating Oneself Into the New South Africa: Fiction of the 1990s

Clara JOSEPH: The S(p)ecular ‘Convert’: A Response to Gauri Viswanathan’s Outside the Fold

Bernard WILSON: Submerging Pasts: Lee Kok Liang’s London Does Not Belong To Me

Anne H. RØNNING: Bicultural Identities in Discourse: The Case of Yvonne du Fresne

Bernd HERZOGENRATH: The (Un)Fortunate Traveller and the Text: Bill Manhire and The Brain of Katherine Mansfield

Jaroslav KUŠNÍR: Multiculturalism in Helen Darville’s The Hand That Signed The Paper?

Chantal KWAST-GREFF: Mad ‘Mad’ Women: Anger, Madness, and Suffering in Recent White Australian Fiction

Sigrun MEINIG: Myopic Visions: Rodney Hall’s The Second Bridegroom

Katherine GALLAGHER: Jet Lag. My Mother’s Garden. Reckoning

Peter GOLDSWORTHY: Evil Eye. Bed

Syd HARREX: What do you see when you watch that hillside above the lake? A Lover’s Anguish in King William St. No Title. Aroma
Therapy. Screen Images


David CALLAHAN: Narrative and Moral Intelligence in Gordon Henry Jr’s The Light People

Nicole SCHR?-DER: Transcultural Negotiations of the Self: The Poetry of Wendy Rose and Joy Harjo

Judith DELL PANNY: Inside the Spiral: Maori Writing in English


Marc COLAVINCENZO: “Fables of the Reconstruction of the Fables”: Multiculturalism, Postmodernism, and the Possibilities of Myth in Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms

Robert FRASER: Postcolonial Cities: Michael Ondaatje’s Toronto and Yvonne Vera’s Bulawayo

Susanne HILF: “Hybridize or Disappear”: Exploring the Hyphen in Fred Wah’s Diamond Grill

D.C.R.A. GOONETILLEKE: Disillusionment With More Than India: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Heat and Dust

Obododimma OHA: Living on the Hyphen: Ayi Kwei Armah and the Paradox of the African-American Quest for a New Future and Identity in
Postcolonial Africa

M.Z. MALABA : Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in Alan Paton’s Fiction

Jochen PETZOLD: Ridiculing Rainbow Rhetoric: Christopher Hope’s Me, the Moon and Elvis Presley

Anne FUCHS: The Birth-Pangs of Empowerment: Crime and the City of Johannesburg

Malcolm PURKEY: Traps Seductive, Destructive and Productive: Theatre and the New South Africa


Eleonora CHIAVETTA: In the Eyes of the Outsider: Buchi Emecheta’s Been-To Novels

Michael MEYER: The Other Women’s Guide to English Cultures: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Buchi Emecheta

Michael HENSEN and Mike PETRY: “Searching for a Sense of Self”: Postmodernist Theories of Identity and the Novels of
Salman Rushdie

Stéphanie RAVILLON: An Introduction to Salman Rushdie’s Hybrid Aesthetic: The Satanic Verses

Cecile SANDTEN: East is West: Hanif Kureishi’s Urban Hybrids and Atima Srivastava’s Metropolitan Yuppies

Christine VOGT-WILLIAM: Rescue Me? No, Thanks! A Wicked Old Woman and Anita and Me

Notes on Contributors.