British Asian Fiction: Framing the Contemporary

by Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim

About Neil Murphy

Neil Murphy is the author of Irish Fiction and Postmodern Doubt, and is the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on Aidan Higgins. He has also published in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Irish University Review, and in many other journals and books.

About Wai-chew Sim

Wai-chew Sim is the author of Globalization and Dislocation in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, and editor of Island Voices: A Collection of Short Stories from Singapore. His fiction has appeared in: Julie Mango, EnterText, Asiatic, and Silverfish New Writing 5.

About the Contributors:

Gerd Bayer holds graduate degrees in English and Geography. He currently teaches literature and culture in the English department of the University of Erlangen, Germany. He previously taught at the University of Toronto, at Case Western Reserve University, and at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He is the author of a book on John Fowles and nature (2004) and the editor of Mediating Germany (2006), and has published essays on 20th-century British literature, postcolonial literature, popular culture, and cinema studies. He is currently editing a book on heavy metal music in Britain, forthcoming with Ashgate.

Kenneth Chan is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the School of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Colorado. His work on Asian American culture, transnational Chinese cinemas, Singapore popular culture, and gender and sexuality matters have appeared in Cinema Journal, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Asian Cinema, and Journal of Chinese Cinemas. His forthcoming book, published by Hong Kong University Press, is titled Remade in Hollywood: The New Global Chinese Presence in Post-1997 American Cinema.

Reed Way Dasenbrock is the Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education for the state of New Mexico. He has worked in New Mexico for 27 years, first at New Mexico State University from 1981 to 2001, then at the University of New Mexico from 2001 until he joined the state government in 2007. Educated at McGill, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins, he received his PhD in English from Johns Hopkins in 1981. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World(UP of Mississippi, 1992). In addition to compiling this collection of interviews with Feroza Jussawalla, he has published widely on postcolonial writers from South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, including the first essay in PMLA on postcolonial literature, “Intelligibility and Meaningfulness in Multicultural Literature in English.”

Sheila Ghose is Assistant Professor of English at Uppsala University, Sweden. She obtained her PhD from New York University, and an MA from the University of Wales, and has published on British Asian writing and on postcolonial Sweden.

Dave Gunning is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of several articles on black British and British Asian literature and culture.

Sharanya Jayawickrama is a graduate of the University of London and the University of Cambridge. Her recent publications include “At Home in the Nation? Negotiating Identity in Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy,” in Narratives of Home in South Asian Literature (2007), edited by Malashri Lal and Sukrita Paul Kumar. She is currently writing a book on memory, violence, and narrative in Sri Lanka and South Asia. She has taught at the National University of Ireland and at King’s College London, and was formerly digital archivist at the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive in London.

Feroza Jussawalla is Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Family Quarrels: Towards a Criticism of Indian Writing in English (Peter Lang, 1984) and of a collection of poems titled Chiffon Saris. She has edited numerous works including: Interviews with Writers of the Postcolonial World (co-editor Reed Dasenbrock), Conversations with V.S. Naipaul, Excellent Teaching in a Changing Academy, and The Holt Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum.

Joel Kuortti is Adjunct Professor and lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His current research focuses on post-colonial theory and translation, hybridity, and diasporic Indian literature. His recent works include Writing Imagined Diasporas: South Asian Women Reshaping North American Identity (Cambridge Scholars, 2007), and the co-edited anthologies: Reconstructing Hybridity: Post-colonial Studies in Transition (co-editor Jopi Nyman; Rodopi, 2007), and Indian Feminist Short Fiction (co-editor Rajeshwar Mittapalli; Atlantic, 2007).

Cordula Lemke teaches English Literature at the University of Munich. She has published in the fields of gender studies, postcolonial studies and 20th century literature. Her publications include: Wandel in der Erfahrung: Die Konstruktion von Welt in den Romanen von Virginia Woolf und Jeanette Winterson [Experience in Transition: Constructing Worlds in the Novels of Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson] (2004) and Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) (2007; co-editor: Claus Zittel).

J. Edward Mallot received his PhD from the University of Iowa. He is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. His current book project explores intersections between memory, nationalism and narrative in contemporary South Asian literatures in English. His previously published work focuses on various modern and contemporary writers including Amitav Ghosh, Kamila Shamsie, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Romesh Gunesekera, Karen Tei Yamashita, Medbh McGuckian, Nathaniel Mackey, and Stevie Smith.

Ruth Maxey is a Lecturer in Modern American Literature at the University of Nottingham. Her work on postcolonial literature, Edwardian writing, and contemporary British and American fiction has appeared in Textual Practice, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Kenyon Review, Orbis Litterarum, South Asian Review, and Journal of the Short Story in English.

Leila Neti is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She works in the area of South Asian and African diasporic literature. Her research examines structural relationships across a range of geopolitical terrains, for example, in marking global feminist continuities between Ireland and other postcolonies (in Violence and the Body, Indiana UP, 2003), and in emergent dialogues between black internationalism and global anti-colonial movements (forthcoming in Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice).

Andrew Hock Soon Ng teaches contemporary literature and postcolonial writing at Monash University, Malaysia. He is the author of Dimensions of Monstrosity in Contemporary Narratives (2004) and Interrogating Interstices (2007).

Wendy O’Shea-Meddour is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, where she teaches postcolonialism, feminism and critical theory. She studied at Exeter University and the University of Wales, Cardiff, and received her D.Phil for a study of “the feminine” in contemporary Western philosophy. Since being funded by the British Academy, she has published on the works of V.S. Naipaul, Hanif Kureishi, and Monica Ali and is currently writing a book about “Muslims” in contemporary British literature, to be published in 2009.

Ronie Parciack works in the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her PhD dissertation was devoted to the philosophical, aesthetic, and devotional aspects of classical Indian culture as expressed and transformed in popular Hindi films. Her other interests include political Hinduism, Indian literature in English, and India-Israel cultural encounters. She has published in several refereed journals and anthologies. Her forthcoming book is entitled Face to Face: Hindi Cinema Encounters the Divine.

Alan Robinson is Professor of English at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Lancaster, and Cologne and at all the German Swiss universities. His most recent book is Imagining London, 1770-1900 (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Tamara S. Wagner obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is the author of Longing: Narratives of Nostalgia in the British Novel, 1740-1890 (2004) and Occidentalism in Novels of Malaysia and Singapore, 1819-2004: Colonial and Postcolonial “Financial Straits” (2005). She recently co-edited a collection on Consuming Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (2007) and a special issue on nineteenth-century literature for Fiction and Drama. Her current projects include a book-length study of financial speculation in Victorian literature.


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