Diaspora and Postethnicity
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.
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