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Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander

Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander

Edited by

Lopamudra Basu and Cynthia Leenerts

Afterword by

Amritjit Singh

Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander, Edited by Lopamudra Basu and Cynthia Leenerts This book first published 2009 Cambridge Scholars Publishing 12 Back Chapman Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2XX, UK

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

Copyright © 2009 by Lopamudra Basu and Cynthia Leenerts and contributors All rights for this book reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. ISBN (10): 1-4438-1243-9, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-1243-6

We dedicate this book to our parents, Jayasree and Kantilal Bhattacharjee, Helen Leenerts, and Bud Leenerts

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments ...................................................................................... xi Introduction ................................................................................................. 1 Chapter One............................................................................................... 20 Violence and Belonging: The “Fault Lines” of Language and Identity Stella Oh Chapter Two .............................................................................................. 33 Fault Lines and Fictions of the Body: Meena Alexander’s Feminist Revisioning of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children Proma Tagore Chapter Three ............................................................................................ 51 The Stone-Eating Girl: How a Text Keeps Its Secret Kazim Ali Chapter Four.............................................................................................. 69 Rize over Fault Lines: Comparative Creativities Jacqueline Wigfall Chapter Five .............................................................................................. 87 An Interview of Meena Alexander Roshni Rustomji Chapter Six ................................................................................................ 98 Re/Citations of Romanticism: Postcolonial Genealogies and the Sites of Reading in John Stuart Mill and Meena Alexander Anindyo Roy Chapter Seven.......................................................................................... 121 Romantic Phenomenopoeisis: On Meena Alexander’s Poetic Selves Michael Angelo Tata

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Table of Contents

Chapter Eight........................................................................................... 137 “Sisters and Brothers of America”: Problematized Belonging in the Works of Meena Alexander Nalini Iyer Chapter Nine............................................................................................ 150 Reading Hybridity in Postcolonial Theory and Meena Alexander’s The Shock of Arrival Anupama Jain Chapter Ten ............................................................................................. 171 Still Writing of the Linden Tree: The Role of Nature as Preserver of the Lyric in the Poetry of Meena Alexander Wendy Anne Kopisch Chapter Eleven ........................................................................................ 187 “Our Thrashing Is Not Nice”: Meena Alexander’s Writings within a Contemporary Black Poetics Ronaldo Wilson Chapter Twelve ....................................................................................... 200 Anamnesis as Healing of Memory in Quickly Changing River Cynthia Leenerts Chapter Thirteen...................................................................................... 217 Unspoken Terrors: State-Sanctioned Violence and its Victims in the Works of Meena Alexander Lopamudra Basu Chapter Fourteen...
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