Global Fragments.
(Dis)Orientation in the New World Order.


BARTELS, Anke & Dirk WIEMANN (Eds.)
ASNEL Papers 10.
Brill, Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2007, XVII, 361 pp.


While the world seems to be getting ever smaller and globalization has become the ubiquitous buzz-word, regionalism and fragmentation also abound. This might be due to the fact that, far from being the alleged production of cultural homogeneity, the global is constantly re-defined and altered through the local. This tension, pervading much of contemporary culture, has an obvious special relevance for the new varieties of English and the literature published in English world-wide. Postcolonial literatures exist at the interface of English as a hegemonic medium and its many national, regional and local competitors that transform it in the new English literatures. Thus any exploration of a globalization of cultures has to take into account the fact that culture is a complex field characterized by hybridization, plurality, and difference. But while global or transnational cultures may allow for a new cosmopolitanism that produces ever-changing, fluid identities, they do not give rise to an egalitarian 'global village' – an asymmetry between centre and periphery remains largely intact, albeit along new parameters.
The essays collected in this volume offer readings of literary, theoretical, and filmic texts from the postcolonial world. These texts are read as attempts to articulate the global with the local from a perspective of immersion in the actual diversity of life-worlds, focusing on such issues as consumption, identity-politics, and modes of affiliation. In this sense, they are global fragments: locally refractured figurations of an experience of world-wide interconnectedness.


Table of Contents


Global Fragments: An Introduction


Glocal Identities: Mapping, Itineraries, Memories

Russell WEST–PAVLOV: Contemporary Asian–Australian Identities: Hsu–Ming Teo's Love and Vertigo

Anja SCHWARZ: Mapping (Un-)Australian Identities: 'Territorial Disputes' in Christos Tsiolkas' Loaded

Mala PANDURANG: Understanding Departure: A Study of Select Pre-Migration Indian Female Subjectivities

Frank SCHULZE–ENGLER: Black, Asian, and Other British: Transcultural Literature and the Discreet Charm of Ethnicity


Consuming Globality: Performance, Difference, Desire

Mita BANERJEE: Indian Diaspora Meets Indo-Chic: Fragmentation, Fashion, and Resistance in Meera Syal's Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Christine VOGT–WILLIAM: Bhangra Babes: 'Masala' Music and Questions of Identity and Integration in South Asian-British Women's Writing

Ulrike KISTNER: AIDS, Pornography, and Conspicuous Consumption: Media Strategies of an HIV/AIDS Prevention Campaign in South Africa

Justyna DESZCZ–TRYHUBCZAK: The Global Bidding for Dorothy Gale's Magical Shoes: Salman Rushdie's "At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers" as a (Self-) Reflection on the Post-Frontier Predicament


Imagining Communities: Representation, Distortion, Affiliation

Kerstin KNOPF: Imagining Indians: Subverting Global Media Politics in the Local Media

Dieter RIEMENSCHNEIDER: Of Warriors, a Whalerider, and Venetians: Contemporary Maori Films

Dirk WIEMANN: Teaming Multitudes: Lagaan and the Nation in Globality

Kirsten RAUPACH: "Blanched Bones, Mouldering Graves and Potent Spells": White Constructions of Black Diasporic Rituals in Slave Culture

Silke STROH: Scotland as a Multifractured Postcolonial Go-Between? Ambiguous Interfaces between (Post-)Celticism, Gaelicness, Scottishness and Postcolonialism


Constructing Common Ground: Networks, Concepts, Images

Tabish KHAIR: Universal Matters; Universals Matter

Frank LAY: Local Knowledge – Global Resistance: Policies of a New Technological "Enlightenment"

Andreas HEPP: Networks of the Media: Media Cultures, Connectivity, and Globalization

Emer O'SULLIVAN: At the Periphery of the Periphery: Children's Literature, Global and Local


Local Colour in Global English

Rajend MESTHRIE: Dialect Representation versus Linguistic Stereotype in Literature: Three Examples from Indian South African English

Anne SCHRÖDER: Camfranglais: A Language with Several (Sur)Faces and Important Sociolinguistic Functions


Teaching New English Literatures and Cultures

Liesel HERMES: Henry Lawson's "The Drover's Wife" and the Australian Short Story

Laurenz VOLKMANN: West Meets East / East Meets West? Teaching William Sutcliffe's Cult Novel Are You Experienced? (1997)

Claudia DUPPÉ & Manfred GANTNER: Read the Texts and Let Them Speak, Too: Teaching New Zealand Poetry in the Sixth Form

Gisela FEURLE: Teaching the New South Africa: The Cartoon Strip Madam & Eve.


NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS.

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