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A Meeting of Streams: South Asian-Canadian Literature M.G. Vassanji

A Meeting of Streams: South Asian-Canadian Literature

M.G. Vassanji

Published January 16th 1998
ISBN : 9780920661000
Paperback
160 pages
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At no time in history has there been such a massive movement across geographical, political, and cultural barriers as the one we are witnessing in our own time. The South Asian presence in Canada and the West is a result of this movement. ItMoreAt no time in history has there been such a massive movement across geographical, political, and cultural barriers as the one we are witnessing in our own time. The South Asian presence in Canada and the West is a result of this movement. It originates predominantly from the countries of South Asia - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka - and those of the Caribbean and East and South Africa. The essays and articles in this volume comprise a concerted and many-sided look at the literature of this group. Several of them are also informative surveys of the important branches of this literature. Altogether they provide the contexts for appreciating it, and understanding it as an esthetic, social, and cultural phenomenon. At the same time they address several fundamental issues, regarding the relationship of this literature both to the traditional (South Asian and Third World) and to mainstream (Canadian and North American) languages, literatures, and themes. They probe the past, appraise the present, and throw a glance at the future.Contributors include:Brenda Beck, Frank Birbalsingh, Surjeet kalsey, Nuzrat Yar Khan, Arun Mukherjee, Uma Parameswaran, Stella Sandahl, Rajendra Singh, Suwanda Sugunasiri, Ronald Sutherland and MG Vassanji.