Revisiting Diaspora Spaces in India: A Contemporary Overview

Joydev Maity (Ed.)

by Satyendra Singh (Writing Faculty, Ashoka University, India), Nimmi I (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India), Soumi Mukherjee (Vidyasagar University, India), Anita Ann Thomas (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), Subrata Ray (Srikrishna College, India), Nivedita Gupta (Amity University, Noida, India), Chander Shekhar (IIT Roorkee, India), Aratrika Roy (Malda College, India), Swagata Bhattacharya (Jadavpur University, India), Manidip Chakraborty (Bhairab Ganguly College, India), Amar Chakrabortty (Government Arts and Commerce College, Sami, India), Silpi Maitra (Falakata College, Alipurduar, India), Soumi Bandyopadhyay (Diamond Harbour Women’s University, India)

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Joydev’s edited volume highlights the necessity of acknowledging trans-diasporic conversations across geographies, societies, and cultures.

Dr. Sayan Dey
Postdoctoral Fellow, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, University of Witwatersrand & Faculty Fellow, The Harriet Tubman Research Institute, York University

Revisiting Diaspora Spaces is a timely intervention in the field of Diaspora Studies with fresh inputs from early career researchers from the domain of literature.

Dr. Somjyoti Mridha, Assistant Professor, North-Eastern Hill University, India

This book is a lofty endeavor to critically investigate the diasporic discourse from an array of academic perspectives and to synthesize the results in a unified, thorough, and accessible whole. This edited volume will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable resource and open up exciting new avenues for research in the field.

Dr. Dharmendra Kumar, Assistant Professor, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Uttrakhand, India

With some engaging and emerging themes of Indian diaspora writings, this edited volume is a timely and significant contribution to the field of diaspora studies.

Dr. Satrughna Singh, Professor, Raignaj University, Raiganj, India

The book is an endeavour to be lauded since it touches many areas hitherto left unexplored, and so, the book has the potential to open up a fresh field of study in the field of Indian writing in English.

Dr. Dipak Giri, Teacher and Editor-in-chief of journal Creative Flight

This edited volume successfully brings together diverse perspectives and academic voices while problematising the contemporary aspects of South-Asian diasporic literature. Undoubtedly, this book will be an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and practitioners, especially those engaged and willing to explore further areas of investigation regarding the Indian diaspora writings.

Mr Shankhadeep Chattopadhyay, PhD Research Scholar, Banaras Hindu University, India
Member of the ‘urban music studies scholar’s network’ at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

This edited volume is a detailed and critical study of Indian diaspora writings and its diverse themes. It focuses on dynamics and contemporary perspectives of Indian diaspora writings and analyzes emerging themes of this field like the experience of the Bihari diaspora, migration to Gulf countries, the relation between diasporic experience and self-translation, uprootedness and resistance discourse through ecocritical praxis and many more. With the aid of a subtle theoretical framework, the volume closely examines some of the key texts such as 'Goat Days, Baumgartner’s Bombay, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, The Circle of Reason', and authors including Shauna Singh Baldwin, M.G. Vassanji, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, V.S. Naipaul and others. The book also explores diaspora literature written in regional language and later translated into English and how they align with the fundamental Indian diaspora writings.
A significant contribution to Indian diaspora writings; this volume will be of great importance to scholars and researchers of diaspora literature, migration and border studies, cultural, memory, and translation studies.

List of Figures
Dr. Sayan Dey
Postdoctoral Fellow
Wits Centre for Diversity Studies University of Witwatersrand

Chapter 1 The Sway of Ancestral Homeland: The ‘Bihari’ Muslim Diaspora’s Struggle for Assimilation in Prafulla Roy’s “Infiltration”
Satyendra Singh
Writing Faculty, Ashoka University

Chapter 2 Gulf Migrants from Kerala: Towards a New Dynamics of Diaspora Narratives
Nimmi I
Ph.D. Research Scholar
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Chapter 3 Experiencing Self-translation: Identity, Language and the In-between
Soumi Mukherjee
Ph.D. Research Scholar
Vidyasagar University

Chapter 4 Image of a Deracinated Jew: Anita Desai’s Eponymous Baumgartner
Dr. Anita Ann Thomas
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Chapter 5 Tension and Negotiation between Polis and Cosmopolis: Re-reading Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle of Reason
Subrata Ray
Srikrishna College

Chapter 6 Negotiating Spaces: Women’s Quest for Home and Identity in Anuradha Roy’s An Atlas of Impossible Longing
Dr. Nivedita Gupta
Assistant Professor
Amity University, Noida

Chapter 7 Reclaiming Home: Critiquing the Patterns of Quest for Home in the Select Writings of V. S. Naipaul
Chander Shekhar
Ph.D. Research Scholar
IIT Roorkee

Chapter 8 ‘Home Away From Home’: Relationship between Gender Identity and Domestic Space as Portrayed in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s Narratives
Aratrika Roy
Assistant Professor
Malda College

Chapter 9 M.G. Vassanji’s Fiction and the Perennial ‘predicament of in-between’-ness
Dr. Swagata Bhattacharya
Guest Faculty
Jadavpur University

Chapter 10 Reincarnations of Rootless Journey: Diasporic Drive in Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Male Protagonists
Manidip Chakraborty
Assistant Professor, Bhairab Ganguly College

Chapter 11 “We pretended to be real…We mimic men of the New World”: Reconfiguring the Ideas of Mimicry, Hybridity and Cultural Alienation in V.S. Naipaul’s The Mimic Men
Dr. Amar Chakrabortty
Assistant Professor
Government Arts and Commerce College, Sami

Chapter 12 The Conflicting Innuendos of Homeland: A Sublime Study on Nostalgia
Dr. Silpi Maitra
Assistant Professor of English Falakata College, Alipurduar

Chapter 13 Unmasking the Nature-Culture Binary and Social Justice through the Lens of Sea of Poppies
Soumi Bandyopadhyay
M. Phil Scholar
Diamond Harbour Women’s University

List of Contributors

Joydev Maity is a research scholar at Raiganj University, India, and Junior Research Fellow. His research interests include diaspora studies, Indigenous literature, comics and graphic novels, and postcolonial ecocriticism. Besides research article publications in many reviewed journals, his recent book publications include 'Commonwealth Literature: A Comprehensive and Critical Perspectives' (2020) and 'Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Discourses, Disruptions and Intersections' (2021).

Indian diaspora literature, gulf migration, labor diaspora, history, memory, nostalgia, home and identity

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Bibliographic Information

Book Title
Revisiting Diaspora Spaces in India: A Contemporary Overview
Number of pages
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
2 B&W
Publication date
September 2023