Mapping the Sacred: Religion, Geography and Postcolonial Literatures

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Jamie S. Scott, Paul Simpson-Housley
Rodopi, 2001 - 486 páginas
Interweaving the interpretative methods of religious studies, literary criticism and cultural geography, the essays in this volume focus on issues associated with the representation of place and space in the writing and reading of the postcolonial. The collection charts the ways in which contemporary writers extend and deepen our awareness of the ambiguities of economic, social and political relations implicated in “sacred space” - the sense of spiritual significance associated with those concrete locations in which adherents of different religious traditions, past and present, maintain a ritual sense of the sanctity of life and its cycles. Part I, “Land, Religion and Literature after Britain,” explores how postcolonial writers dramatize the contested processes of colonization, resistance and decolonization by which lands and landscapes may be viewed as now sacred, now desacralized, now resacralized. Part II, “Sacred Landscapes and Postcoloniality across International Literatures,” draws upon postcolonial theory to inquire into how contemporary fiction, drama and poetry represent themes of divine dispensation, dispossession and reclamation in regions as diverse as Haiti, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Arctic, and the North American frontier. A critical “Afterword” considers the implications of such multi-disciplinary approaches to postcolonial literatures for present and future research in the field. Writers discussed in the essays include Russell Banks; James K. Baxter; Ursula Bethell; Erna Brodber; Marcus Clarke; Allen Curnow; Edwidge Danticat; Mak Dizdar; Sara Jeannette Duncan; Zee Edgell; “Grey Owl”; Haruki Murakami; Seamus Heaney; Peter Høeg; Hugh Hood; Janette Turner Hospital; James Houston; Dany Laferrière; B. Kojo Laing; Lee Kok Liang; K.S. Maniam; Mudrooroo; R.K. Narayan; Ngugi wa Thiong'o; Ben Okri; Chava Pinchas-Cohen; Mary Prince; Nancy Prince; Nayantara Sahgal; Ken Saro-Wiwa; Ibrahim Tahir; Amos Tutuola; W.D. Valgardson; Derek Walcott; and Rudy Wiebe. Maps accompany almost every essay.
 

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Religion Landscape and the Postcolonial Moment
5
The Hindu Mothers Space in Nayantara Sahgals Mistaken Identity
16
CANADA
18
Strategies for Political and Religious Colonization
39
National Place as Theological Space in Hugh Hoods Novels
53
Rudy Wiebes A Discovery of Strangers
71
Conversion Convictism and Captivity in Australian Fiction
93
A Third Space? Postcolonial Australia and the Fractal Landscape
111
Ken SaroWiwa and the Literature of the Ogoni Struggle
241
Levels of National Engagement in Ibrahim Tahirs The Last Imam
265
Landscapes Forests and Borders within the West African Global Village
275
cs CLARA JOSEPH
297
Revisiting R K Narayans Malgudi and Little India
317
SACRED LANDSCAPES AND POSTCOLONIALITY
335
Language Gender
355
The Sacred Landscapes of Bosnian History
381

Religious Presence and the Landscape
131
Christian Landscapes of Slavery
155
Varieties of Spiritual Landscape in Caribbean Literature
179
The Apocalyptic Landscapes of Derek Walcotts Poetry
199
Theology of Landscape and Ngugi wa Thiongos The River Between
227
Postcolonial Environment as Spatial Extinction
401
Postcolonial Theory and Native American Lessons of Place
419
Keeping Our Feet On the Ground and Our Heads
445
CONTRIBUTORS
463
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