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Commonwealth - Confluence/ Reconstruction (vol. 40.2)

Claire OMHOVÈRE, Kathie BIRAT, Salhia Ben MESSAHEL (éds.)
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ISSN 0395-6989 (Confluence/Reconstruction)
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159 pages
Parution 2018
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The essays collected in the first section of this issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies discuss the operations of confluence in postcolonial literatures. There is something profoundly irenical in the idea of confluence, the dynamics that bring different purposes and (fluvial) temperaments to converge, former divergences diluting into a common course, giving birth to new currents and fresh realities. Viewed through this conciliatory prism, the geographical trope may not be the most adequate to apprehend the synergies that have shaped postcolonial literatures, fraught as they have always been with the antagonisms imperial rule encouraged or sometimes fostered among the populations and territories it sought to control. Another factor of disturbance and current transformation lies in the effects of globalization and the emergence of diasporic, transnational and increasingly transcultural literatures in which the postcolonial is just one possible affiliation among others. Confluence is indeed a zone of turbulence where currents coming from different sources rush to impose a direction to the flow. Here lies the productive tension that informs the essays to follow, insofar as the latter do not give pride of place to conciliation over the eddies of resilience or resistance, but carefully work out the modalities of their uneasy coexistence in literatures that keep challenging critical reception with their inventiveness.

The articles in the second part of this issue explore the strategies through which postcolonial writers envision reconstruction as a process involving more than a simple reaction to the wounds of history. The conflict between the Tamils and the Government of Sri Lanka in Romesh Gunesekera’s short stories, J.G. Farrell’s recreation of the Victorian culture of colonial India, the relation to the land in the fiction of Jane Urquhart, the difficulty of talking about lesbian sexuality in Africa in the fiction of Chinelo Okparanta, the treatment of the female body in poetry by Caribbean women writers – all these subjects offer occasions for interrogating the real meaning of reconstruction and the aesthetic conditions necessary for its realization.

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Pages :
159 pages
Date de parution :
2018
Format :
16 x 24