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Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture

Novels of the South Asian Diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific

by Mariam Pirbhai

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South Asian migration during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was largely comprised of indentured labourers sent to British colonies after the 1833 abolition of slavery. Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture uses the critical paradigm of 'indenture history' to examine the local literary and cultural histories that have influenced and shaped the development of novel-length fiction by writers of the South Asian diaspora in national contexts as diverse as Mauritius, South Africa, Guyana, and Fiji.

Mariam Pirbhai perceptively identifies common patterns, developments, and concerns in this cross-continental body of writing, including a 'vocabulary of indenture' that invokes the mythology and plight of the indentured labourer among a newly reconstituted community of colonial émigrés. Pirbhai's innovative study considers authors who fall outside the established canon of post-colonial writing, challenging readers to reconsider traditional peripheries as centres of literary and cultural production that have made significant contributions to the Anglophone novel.

About the Author

Mariam Pirbhai is the author of a debut short story collection titled Outside People and Other Stories, which won the 2018 IPPY Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction, and was ranked among CBC's top ten recommended "must read" lists of 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Her Mother's Ashes: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States Vol III, Pakistani Creative Writing in English, and the Dalhousie Review. She is Professor of English in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she specializes in postcolonial and diaspora studies. She was born in Pakistan and lives in Waterloo. More information available on her website: http://www.mariampirbhai.ca

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"This excellent and carefully researched study, that has rescued many writers from oblivion and has brought new insights on more established authors, will no doubt encourage more work on these writers and promote fresh debates on the validity of the diaspora label."

— Felicity Hand, South Asian Diaspora vol 02:02:10

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