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By Igor Maver, Silvia Albertazzi, Susan Ballyn, Carmen Birkle, Coral Ann Howells, Smaro Kamboureli, Melissa Kennedy, Giulio Marra, Timothy Weiss, Chantal Zabus

Demonstrating that an intercultural discussion and incessant cultural brokering are a needs to in our post-colonial international, the essays during this quantity are a priceless contribution to the continuing discourse on post-colonial diasporic literatures and identities.

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Wasafiri, 32: 5–11. Miyoshi, Masao. 1996. “A Borderless World? ” In Global Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary, eds. Rob Wilson and Wimal Dissanayake, 78–106. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Ondaatje, Michael. 2001. Anil’s Ghost. Toronto: Vintage Canada. Ong, Aihwa. 1999. Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Rouillard, Jacques. 2005. ” Le Bulletin Histoire Politique, 13, 2 (hiver): 127–45. Said, Edward W. 1983.

Reveals what Ondaatje values as an alternative to the established academic disciplines . . archaeology, anthropology, and forensic sciences, which are systematized and to a great degree controlled by the anonymous power of institutions” (16). In this context, writing back home is writing-as-reading, reading as a performative act, an act that executes and articulates the difference it seeks to make. Writing back, then, must be understood not only in terms of what writing is about, but also in terms of the methodological turns it implies.

Writing back home allows Ondaatje to materialize the volatility of the contents of cultural memory. Be it personal or collective, national or intranational, cultural memory as inscribed in this novel simultaneously contains and confounds national origins. 6 Thus, ironically, Palipana’s intimate mode of dissemination may usher in new possibilities for negotiating colonialism, decolonization, and global politics, but it is a critical mode that functions away from the gaze of critics. Significantly, at a pivotal moment in the novel’s narrative, Palipana’s niece, the inheritor of this new mode of knowledge, disappears into the forest, never to be heard of again.

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