Transnational Literature

 

Transnational Literature

Volume 6, Issue 2
May 2014

 

 

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the May 2014 issue of Transnational Literature, which rounds off our sixth year of publication. We have a broad range of offerings for you, as always: contributions from every continent: articles, review essays, poems, stories, creative non-fiction, and book reviews.

I’m delighted to welcome a new member of the editorial team this year. Patrick Allington has taken over as Book Reviews Editor, bringing to the task a wealth of experience as an editor and critic. I’m also most grateful for the support of all our editors. The journal has grown well beyond the scale where one person can deal with everything.

While this issue has no special theme, it is striking that many of the peer-reviewed articles are concerned with gender issues. Muneer Aram Kuzhiyan discusses the treatment of the concept of the veil in a novel by the Malayalam writer Khadija Mumthas, while Anna Royal looks at marginal characters central to Sharni Mootoo’s first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night. Robyn Greaves devotes overdue attention to Australian novelist Marion Halligan, and Aloka Patel turns her attention to an Alice Munro short story,‘Walker Brothers Cowboy’, as a coming of age narrative. The other two peer-reviewed papers in this issue include one by Wei H. Kao, concerning plays by diasporic Irish dramatists, and the other, by Kenneth Usongo, on the use of both African and Western rhetorical devices in a novel by Cameroon writer Shadrach Ambanasom. In addition, we have a wide-ranging review essay on World Literature by Russell McDougall, and a passionate speech by Satendra Nandan given at the launch of A Country Too Far, a collection of writings about asylum seekers in Australia.

More than thirty book reviews of creative and critical books, biographies, histories and memoirs are included in the May issue. We also include a translation of two poems by Karen dissident Tee Noe.

In the creative section we have several prose works by Australian writers, covering topics as diverse as Christmas holiday work in the Adelaide Post Office, the difficulties of coming to accept the Sudanese neighbours, and ethnographic research in Bangladesh. There is a poignant first-person account of euthanasia in an unusual setting, as well as a powerful story by Indian writer Sunil Sharma and a creative non-fiction piece by USSR-born US resident Dmitry Shlapentokh. Eight poets have contributed to the May issue. Our poetry editor, Heather Taylor Johnson, writes, ‘The poems are a really diverse bunch, ranging from the musings of travellers past and present, migrants considering home through the ocean’s scape, migrants considering home through the fence boundaries of the desert, migrants considering home through lineage, and a bird as a symbol of all of the above. What captures these poems most for me would be a line from Libby Hart’s poem, which reads: “each country carries your suitcase of songs”, so that the emphasis then is not on the displacement of the subject, but rather on the possibilities of belonging.’

What better note to conclude on? Please enjoy our May issue.

Gillian Dooley

   
Contributors  
 
Articles  
Robyn Greaves Australian Author Marion Halligan – Word Artist
Wei H.  Kao Transnational Ireland on Stage in Three Texts
Muneer Aram Kuzhiyan The Many Riches of Human Flourishing: On the Veiled Agent in Veil Narratives
Aloka Patel ‘Between What We Know and What We Do Not Know’: Alice Munro’s ‘Walker Brothers Cowboy’
Anna Royal Imagining Home at a Snail’s Pace in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night
Kenneth Usongo The Force of Argument and the Argument of Force: A Study of the Rhetoric of Achamba and Abaago in Shadrach Ambanasom’s Son of the Native Soil
 
Review Essay  
Russell McDougall The ‘New’ World Literature: A Review Essay
   
Speech
Satendra Nandan A Country Too Far edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally: a talk given by Professor Satendra Nandan at the book launch in the Asia Bookroom, 4 December, 2013
   
  * Transnational Literature May 2014: Complete Articles.*
   
Translation  
Tee Noe Karen Resistance Poetry translated and introduced by Violet Cho
   
Poetry  
Ali Alizadeh Saga
Ken Bolton (Write To You) Another Letter
Steve Evans Japanese Conference
Alison Flett Boundary Rider
Libby Hart Mantiq a tayr
Keith Mac Nider Coonemara Dreaming
Kent MacCarter Present in Makarora Valley, New Zealand
Ian C. Smith Oddington Lodge
Christine Williams a cleave of time and place
   
  * Transnational Literature May 2014: Complete Poetry.*
   
Creative and Life Writing  

Filipa Bellette

Paper Beads
Kathryn Hummel Runia Reflected: Talk Amongst Outsiders in Bangladesh
Kevin Roberts The Face Up Table
Sunil Sharma Change
Dmitry Shlapentokh The Apotheosis of Young Barra
Lynette Washington North Atlantic Farewell
   
  * Transnational Literature May 2014: Complete Prose Creative and Life Writing.*
   
Reviews: Creative and Life Writing  
Halimah Mohamed Ali Not the Same Sky by Evelyn Conlon
Shari Argent And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Alex Cothren The Heaven I Swallowed by Rachel Hennessy
Alex Cothren The Young Desire It by Kenneth Mackenzie, introduced by David Malouf
Dan Disney Another Fine Morning in Paradise by Michael Sharkey
Gillian Dooley Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
Lauren Dougherty Julia Paradise by Rod Jones
Sarah Dowling Thirsting for Lemonade by Heather Taylor Johnson
Steve Evans Australian Love Poems 2013 edited by Mark Tredinnick
Kay Hart Wish by Peter Goldsworthy
Kate Hayford Chalk, Cheese and Caviar by Etiennette Fennell
Reshmi Lahiri-Roy Deranged Marriage: A Memoir by Sushi Das
Gay Lynch Transactions by Ali Alizadeh
Jennifer A. Marquardt The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri
Maja Milatovic Am I Black Enough For You? By Anita Heiss
Caitlin Roper Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
Caitlin Roper The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by Joao Cerqueira
Umme Salma Songs from a Far Island by Roshanak Amrein
Michael X. Savvas The English Class by Ouyang Yu
Emily Sutherland As I Was Saying by Robert Dessaix
Emily Sutherland Passion Play by Valerie Volk
Reg Taylor Writing the Tides by Kevin Roper
   
  * Transnational Literature May 2014: Complete Book Reviews: Creative and Life Writing.*
   
Book Reviews: History, Theory and Criticism  
Rosslyn Almond Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern Iconography by Robert T. Tally Jr.
Mary Byrne Apocryphal and Literary Influences on Galway Diasporic History by Gay Lynch
Joost Daalder The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance by Drew Daniel
Gillian Dooley A Country Too Far: Writings on Asylum Seekers edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally
Nina Muždeka Pak’s Britannica: Articles by and Interviews with David Dabydeen and Talking Words: New Essays on the Work of David Dabydeen edited by Lynne Macedo
Eleni Pavlides The Garden of Eros: The Story of the Paris Expatriates and the Post-War Literary Scene by John Calder
V. Prem Lata Cabling India: WikiLeaks and the Information Wars by Pramod K. Nayar
Nishi Pulugurtha Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy: Once Upon a Time in a Globalized World by Constance DeVereaux and Martin Griffin
Asma Sayed Crosstalk: Canadian and Global Imaginaries in Dialogue edited by Diana Brydon and Marta Dvorak
Kay Schaffer Transcultural Identities in Contemporary Literature edited by Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Julie Hansen and Carmen Zamorano Llena
Ruth Starke The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History by Emma L. E. Rees
Kathleen Steele Secular Mysteries: Stanley Cavell and English Romanticism by Edward T. Duffy
Heather H. Yeung Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond: Interfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual edited by Susan Gingell and Wendy Roy
   
  * Transnational Literature May 2014: Complete Book Reviews: History, Theory and Criticism.*
   
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