The concept of diaspora has been much debated during the past decade in terms of the essential and additional features that go with it, arguing which groups or communities could beuld not be designated as diaspora. The Indian diaspora today, with a strong community constituting more than 20 million and spreading across a hundred countries, continues to grow in size and making its transnational presence felt. This collection of essays traces some of the plurality with the Indian context as well as in the context of globalization, and transnationalism.
The book discusses the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora and formation to diasporic practices-the ways and means of remembering and enacting diasporic belonging and the sites and spaces where such narratives of belonging are performed and how these issues are played out through texts, and rituals such as pilgrimages and building temples.
Chapter 19: Memory of Trauma in Meena Alexander's Texts
Memory of Trauma in Meena Alexander's Texts
Many Indian writers have contributed to the rich tradition of English literary studies, and in the postcolonial era, their contributions impact reader not only in South Asia, but also in many other parts of the world, particularly, and for the purpose of this chapter, North America. The taste for Indian writers and texts have spilled over from academia to the mainstream public, as can be seen from the availability of South Asian texts to the popularity of South Asian films in the diaspora. Not all texts, however popular their appeal, should be easily added to the list of writers contributing to this rich tradition, or if they are added, a postcolonial ...