Mapping the Sacred: Religion, Geography and Postcolonial Literatures
Interweaving the interpretative methods of religious studies, literary criticism and cultural geography, the essays in this volume focus on issues associated with the representation of place and space in the writing and reading of the postcolonial. The collection charts the ways in which contemporary writers extend and deepen our awareness of the ambiguities of economic, social and political relations implicated in “sacred space” - the sense of spiritual significance associated with those concrete locations in which adherents of different religious traditions, past and present, maintain a ritual sense of the sanctity of life and its cycles. Part I, “Land, Religion and Literature after Britain,” explores how postcolonial writers dramatize the contested processes of colonization, resistance and decolonization by which lands and landscapes may be viewed as now sacred, now desacralized, now resacralized. Part II, “Sacred Landscapes and Postcoloniality across International Literatures,” draws upon postcolonial theory to inquire into how contemporary fiction, drama and poetry represent themes of divine dispensation, dispossession and reclamation in regions as diverse as Haiti, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Arctic, and the North American frontier. A critical “Afterword” considers the implications of such multi-disciplinary approaches to postcolonial literatures for present and future research in the field. Writers discussed in the essays include Russell Banks; James K. Baxter; Ursula Bethell; Erna Brodber; Marcus Clarke; Allen Curnow; Edwidge Danticat; Mak Dizdar; Sara Jeannette Duncan; Zee Edgell; “Grey Owl”; Haruki Murakami; Seamus Heaney; Peter Høeg; Hugh Hood; Janette Turner Hospital; James Houston; Dany Laferrière; B. Kojo Laing; Lee Kok Liang; K.S. Maniam; Mudrooroo; R.K. Narayan; Ngugi wa Thiong'o; Ben Okri; Chava Pinchas-Cohen; Mary Prince; Nancy Prince; Nayantara Sahgal; Ken Saro-Wiwa; Ibrahim Tahir; Amos Tutuola; W.D. Valgardson; Derek Walcott; and Rudy Wiebe. Maps accompany almost every essay.
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Strategies for Political and Religious Colonization
National Place as Theological Space in Hugh Hoods Novels
Rudy Wiebes A Discovery of Strangers
Conversion Convictism and Captivity in Australian Fiction
A Third Space?
Religious Presence and the Landscape
Christian Landscapes of Slavery
r Theology of Landscape
Levels of National Engagement in Ibrahim Tahirs The Last Imam
Landscapes Forests and Borders
It in Nayantara Sahgals Mistaken Identity
SACRED LANDSCAPES AND POSTCOLONIALITY
Q In the language that women who live in the land know
1 The Apocalyptic Landscapes of Derek Walcotts Poetry
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Aboriginal Aboriginal land claims African allegory American Australia beaver becomes belief biblical Bosnian Bosnian church Canadian Caribbean chaos Christian church colonial contemporary context cultural death discourse Dizdar English environment essay European fiction figure forest geography Gikuyu global Grey Owl Haiti Haitian Heaney Heaney's human Human Rights Watch identity Indian indigenous Inuit Irish Islamic island Jerusalem Jewish Ken Saro-Wiwa kumbla land landscape language Last Magician literary Literature living London Malgudi Mary Prince mission missionary mother Mudrooroo Muslim myth Narayan narrative narrator nation Native natural Nigeria North Northern novel Ogoni Ojibway Pinchas-Cohen poem poet poetic poetry political postcolonial Prince's purdah religion religious ritual river role Roman Catholic Saro-Wiwa Seamus Heaney secular sense settler slaves Smilla social society spatial spiritual St Lucia story suggests symbolic texts theological tion Toronto traditional vision voice voodoo Waiyaki Walcott Wiebe woman women words writing Yellowknives York