University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

Volume 27, No. 4

October, 2006
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Contents
 
Editor's Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Guest Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Abstracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Silence Please!  An International Vision is About to Start 
     by Monia Acciari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


7

Falling Outside the Tracks We Laid:  An Exploration through Prose, Pictures, and Film of the Engineered Diaspora of Indiana-Kenyans after Kenyan Nationalism and British Colonialism
     by Prathima Anandan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7

The Male Immigrant Response to Katherine Mayo's Mother India
     by Anupama Arora. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9

Questioning the Accountability of South Asian Diasporic Authors
     by Ronita Bhattacharya. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9

The (Re-)Imagining of the Culture Clash Myth in Second-Generation South Asian-American Narratives
     by Prasad Bidaye. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


10

Deepa Mehta's Water and the Cultural Politics of Diaspora
     by Chandrima Chakraborty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

11

The East and the West in Swades and The Mistress of Spices:  Search for Global Indianness
     by Chandrava Chakravarty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


12

Diaspora at Home?  The Diasporic Singapore Malay in Alfian Saat's Short Stories
     by Washima Che Dan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


13

Versions of America:  Reading American Literature for Identity and Difference
     by Raj Chetty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


13

"Music, Such Music, Is a Sufficient Gift":  Love and the Marking of Whiteness in Vikram Seth's An Equal Music
     by Cara Cilano. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


14

From Displacement to Assimilation:  Redefining Bharati Mukherjee's Narratives of Diaspora
     by Surekha Dangwal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


15

Pariah or Messiah:  Gogol Ganguli and the Problematization of Transnational Identity
     by Aparajita De. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


16

Afloat, Adrift but Bonded:  Uneasy Postcolonialism in Ananda Devi's Novels
     by Shirin E. Edwin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


17

Can This Marriage Be Cured?  A Reading of the Medico-cultural Metaphor that Informs Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies
     by Brewster E. Fitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


18

Traversing Transnationalism in a Postcolonial Body:  Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret
    by Ronit Frenkel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


19

Displacement and Subjectivity in V. S. Naipaul's Early Novels
     by Bed P. Giri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

20

Does Tamil Mean Sri Lankan?  Locating South Asian Literature in the Canadian Classroom
     by Aparna Halpe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


20

Nayantara Sahgal and Namak-Halaal Cosmopolitanism
     by Pranav Jani. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21

"They Don't Know Our Songs": Diasporic Identity in Chandani Lokuge's If the Moon Smiled and Yasmine Gooneratne's A Change of Skies
     by Maryse Jayasuriya
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22

Multiple Identities:  Being at Home in the Diaspora
     by Parmita Kapadia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

23

Retracing an Alternative South Asian Immigrant Discourse of Class and Interethnic Solidarity in Sadhu Singh Dhami's Maluka
     by Rajender Kaur. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


24

The Question of Identify/Pluralistic Identity in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jamaica Kincaid
     by Ashmita Khasnabish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


25

Kunzru's The Impressionist and the Problematics of Identity
     by Navneet Kumar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

26

From Postmodern to Premodern:  Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake and the Realist Trend in South Asian Fiction
     by Rebecca Kumar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


27

World Citizenship and Its (De)territorialization
     by Mihra Lee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

28

Farida Karodia's and Beverley Naidoo's "Wide Open Spaces":  Indian Diasporic Voices in South Africa
     by Cynthia Leenerts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


29

Of Homes and Worlds:  An Engagement with the Politics of Diasporic Identity
     by Nivedita Majumdar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


29

Rushdie, Cinema, and the "Chutnification" of National Culture:  A Close-Up of Midnight's Children
     by Krishna Manavalli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


30

Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown:  Love and Terror in Paradise
     by Harveen Mann. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

31

Pregnant Exchanges:  Staging Contemporary Relations between the U.S. and India on the Female Body
     by Charlotte McIvor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


32

Diasporic Meditations on the Secular:  The Politics of "Unbelonging" in Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters
     by Roger McNamara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


32

Religion and Hybridity:  Reinvention of Faith in Monica Ali's Brick Lane
     by Z. Esra Mirze. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

33

Cartographies of Violence:  From Salman Rushdie's Shame to Nadeem Aslam's Maps for Lost Lovers
     by Deepti Misri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


34

Singular Hybridity
     by Mary Anne Mohanraj. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

35

Between the Ebb and Flow of Identity:  A Reading of Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide
     by Kaustav Mukherjee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


35

Look Behind the Silence:  Language and Identity in K. S. Maniam's Fiction
     by Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

36

The (Dis)Location of Culture:  Articulating Postcolonial Subjectivity through Melancholia
     by Pashmina Murthy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


37

Chameleon Writers
     by Lalita Noronha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

38

Religion and Diaspora:  Islam as a Traveling Culture in the Malaysian Nation-State
     by Noritah Omar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


39

Partition and the South Asian Diaspora in Canada
     by Prabjhot Parmar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

40

Traces of Indian Folktales in the Travel Memoir of a Diasporic Writer
     by Moumin Quazi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

40

"With You Every moment in Time":  Practices of Risk in Insurance and Spiritual Healer Advertisements
     by Amit S. Rai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


41

Violence, Family, and Subalternity:  Discerning the Excessive Other in M. G. Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
     by V. G. Julie Rajan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


41

The "Indian" Lesbian ImagiNation:  Queer Locations
     by Aneeta Rajendran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

43

The Popular and the Postcolonial:  Lagaan and the Aesthetic Pleasures of Liberal Nationalism
     by Archana Rampure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


44

Re-framing "British" Muslims
     by Ruvani Ranasinha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

45

From Diaspora to the Homeland:  A Study of Syed Syeikh Al-Hadi's Contribution to Malay Literature
     by Mohd. Zariat Abdul Rani. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


45

Family, the Springboard of Expression in the Fiction of Rohinton Mistry and M. G. Vassanji
     by Seema Rathore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


46

Brown Mythologies
     by Manav Ratti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

47

Interstitial Habitat:  Feroza's Search for Identity/Identification in An American Brat
     by Amber Fatima Riaz
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48

Navigating Identity:  Postcolonial and Transnational Relationships in Divakaruni's Mistress of Spices
     by Beth L. Robertson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


49

Globalization and the Negotiation of Islamist Identity in the Contemporary British-Asian Novel
     by Bidhan Roy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


49

Female Desire, "Poisoned by a European Kiss," In Shauna Singh Baldwin's What the Body Remembers
     by Sharanpal Ruprai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


50

Diasporic Intertextuality:  When the Whole is More than the Sum of Its Parts
     by Purvi Shah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


51

Race and Nationalism in Ghadr Poetry
     by Amritjit Singh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

52

Negotiating Tradition:  Filmic Confrontation of Globalization and Cultural Transformation
     by Angelee K. Singh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


53

The Indian Diaspora in Postcolonial Burma and Ideas of Cultural/National Belonging in Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace and Mira Kamdar's Motiba's Tattoos
     by Jaspal Singh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

53

Constructing Ethnicity in the Diaspora:  The Case of Tamil Eelam
     by Anushiya Sivanarayanan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

54

"Over Here":  Rethinking South Asian Diasporic Communities
     by Anantha Sudhakar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

55

Contentious Grounds:  Empowerment within Patriarchy in Monica Ali's Brick Lane
     by Rebecca Sultana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


55

"Lines in the Dirt Were All Very Well but They Only Delayed Matters":  Smudging and Blurring the Hard Lines of Nation and History in Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown
     by Pennie Ticen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



56

Innerscapes:  The Hidden Diaspora
     by Eva Roa White. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Conference Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

59
Names/Affiliations/Emails of SALA 2006 Presenters & Chairs. . . . . . . . . . . 70
Membership Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Conference Registration Form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
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