Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility
Series: Comparative Cultural Studies
320 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
In Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility, Arianna Dagnino analyzes a new type of literature emerging from artists increased movement and cultural flows spawned by globalization. This "transcultural" literature is produced by authors who write across cultural and national boundaries and who transcend in their lives and creative production the borders of a single culture. Dagninos book contains a creative rendition of interviews conducted with five internationally renowned writersInez Baranay, Brian Castro, Alberto Manguel, Tim Parks, and Ilija Trojanowand a critical exegesis reflecting on thematical, critical, and stylistical aspects.
By studying the selected authors corpus of work, life experiences, and cultural orientations, Dagnino explores the implicit, often subconscious, process of cultural and imaginative metamorphosis that leads transcultural writers and their fictionalized characters beyond ethnic, national, racial, or religious loci of identity and identity formation. Drawing on the theoretical framework of comparative cultural studies, she offers insight into transcultural writing related to belonging, hybridity, cultural errancy, the "Other," worldviews, translingualism, deterritorialization, neonomadism, as well as genre, thematic patterns, and narrative techniques. Dagnino also outlines the implications of transcultural writing within the wider context of world literature (s) and identifies some of the main traits that characterize transcultural novels.
Part One: Writing and Transcultural Life
Chapter One: Trojanow's Drive Toward Mobility and Cultural Confluences
Chapter Two: Castro, the Other, and the Complexity of Belonging
Chapter Three: Baranay's Transient Life in Writing
Chapter Four: Manguel and the Paradox of Cultural Identity
Chapter Five: Multiple Dimensions of the Transcultural
Part Two: Transcultural Literature in the Age of Multiple Modes of (Post)modernity
Chapter One: Global Nomadism, Multiple Modes of (Post)modernity, and a New Cultural Order
Chapter Two: Transculture, Transculturality, and Transculturalism in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter Three: Transcultural Literature in the Global Ecumene
Chapter Four: Transcultural Writers, Creative Transpatriation, and Transcultural Fiction
Chapter Five: The "Fuzzy" Nature of Transcultural Novels
Glossary of Concepts for the Study of Transculturality
"The work is a significant contribution to scholorship, for it increases our theoretical awareness of today's literary developments, providing us with critical tools that enable us to approach literary texts with an innovative perspective." —Maurizio Ascari, Universita di Bologna.
"Dagnino's study is most striking in its faith in transcultural literature as a moral force. The book attests to the importance of transcending one's culture to understand today's world. Transcultural writers and novels can certainly help attain the transcultural way." —VoegelinView