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Diasporas of the MindJewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History$
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Bryan Cheyette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093186

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093186.001.0001

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Diaspora and Postethnicity

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Diasporas of the Mind

Bryan Cheyette

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the work of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Anita Desai, and Zadie Smith. The discussion includes how Prawer Jhabvala’s sense of nothingness is the starting point for Diasporas of the Mind and is a void that is filled both by disciplinary and metaphorical thinking; and Desai’s attempts to universalize the luftmensch as a metaphor for humanity and also to connect Jewish and postcolonial histories.

Keywords:   diasporic imagination, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Anita Desai, Zadie Smith

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