Reference : Looking Beyond, Shifting the Gaze: Writers in Motion
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Looking Beyond, Shifting the Gaze: Writers in Motion
Ledent, Bénédicte mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Langue et linguistique anglaises modernes >]
The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing
Nasta, Susheila
Stein, Mark
Cambridge University Press
[en] travel writing ; Shiva Naipaul ; V.S. Naipaul ; Caryl Phillips ; Bernardine Evaristo
[en] Black and Asian British writing can be formalized as diaspora literatures with links to ancestral homelands on the subcontinent, in Africa and in the Caribbean; interrogations of and inscriptions on a matrix of British cultures are another thematic and aesthetic concern of black and Asian British writing. Beyond this binary framework, though, a range of writers roam more widely, exploring different pathways: VS Naipaul’s interest in Africa or North America is a case in point, as are Caryl Phillips’s European travelogues or Shiva Naipaul’s travel writing and his essays collected in Unfinished Journey (1986). Bernardine Evaristo’s Lara explores her Brazilian, Nigerian, Irish and German ancestry whilst Andrew Salkey recounts his travels to Guyana in Georgetown Journal (1972) and celebrates placelessness in his Anancy Traveller (1992). This chapter thus focuses on writing which does not give primacy to the exploration of ancestral or postcolonial origins, but reaches out beyond this well-established binary framework of homes past and present.
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