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Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History

Bryan Cheyette


This book throws new light on a wide range of modern and contemporary writers—some at the heart of the canon, others more marginal—to explore the power and limitations of the diasporic imagination after the Second World War. Moving from early responses to the death camps and decolonization, through internationally prominent literature after the Second World War, it culminates in fresh engagements with contemporary Jewish, post-ethnic, and postcolonial writers. The author regards many of the twentieth- and twenty-first-century luminaries he examines—among them Hannah Arendt, Anita Desai, Frantz ... More

Keywords: diasporic imagination, Second World War, death camps, decolonization, Hannah Arendt, Anita Desai, Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, Primo Levi, Caryl Phillips

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300093186
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300093186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan Cheyette, author