Until recently, discussion of 'creativity in exile' has focussed almost exclusively on a few European male writers, from Dante to Joseph Brodsky, who sought refuge abroad from political oppression. This volume, with accompanying 100-minute DVD, ranges much more widely, to examine the extraordinary creative endeavours in a range of media of men and women in almost every part of the world who, for a host of different reasons, have experienced displacement from their homelands. It brings together papers by academics, many of whom have experienced exile themselves, on topics as diverse as: the visual arts in Colombia, fiction by displaced indigenous peoples, convicts and slaves as exiles, writings about the partition of Bengal, the culture of Palestinian Americans, philosophers on exile, and the significance of cooking to refugee communities, which are interspersed with poems by contemporary writers in exile.
The use of the DVD format has permitted the inclusion of: studio interviews with notable exiled writers from Nigeria, Cyprus and Bulgaria, extracts from two films relating to exile, a live reading of his work by an Iraqi poet, an audio and sculptural installation by a First Nations Canadian artist, and a performance by musicians in exile from Burundi.
1 Michael HANNE: Creativity and Exile: An Introduction 2 Yilma TAFERE TASEW: Poem: 'Can You Tell Me?' 3 Burundi DRUMMERS: Performance (DVD) 4 Chris ABANI: Resisting the Anomie: Exile and the Romantic Self 5 Chris ABANI: Interview and Poems: 'Ode to Joy, '1971', 'People Like Us' (DVD) 6 Kapka KASSABOVA: Poem for Chris Abani: 'Parts of Speech' 7 Shahin YAZDANI: Film: Three Riders of the Apocalypse (DVD) 8 Farhang ERFANI and John WHITMIRE: Exile and the Philosophical Challenge to Citizenship 9 Kirsty REID: Exile, Empire and the Convict Diaspora: The Return of Magwitch 10 Isabel MOUTINHO: Exile at the Edges of Empire: Contemporary Writing in Portuguese 11 Dolleen MANNING: Audio Installation with Sculptural Images: 'Thought Exiled from the Tongue' (DVD) 12 Hsinya HUANG: Catastrophe, Memory, and Testimony in Winona LaDuke's Last Standing Woman 13 Peter KARSTEN: American Literary Exiles: The Escape from Anguish 14 Nora NADJARIAN: Interview, Poems, and a Short Story: 'Fingers', 'Kyrenia', 'Don't Forget', and 'Ledra Street' (DVD) 15 Xenia SREBRIANSKI HARWELL: The Poetics of Exile in the Inter-war Novels of Irina Odoevtseva 16 Kapka KASSABOVA: Interview and Poems: 'Refugees', 'Coming to Paradise', 'Immigrant Architectures', 'My Life in Two Parts', 'In the Shadow of a Bridge' (DVD) 17 Fiona J. DOLOUGHAN: The Myth of the Great Return: Memory, Longing and Forgetting in Milan Kundera's Ignorance 18 Arnold J. BAND: Exile in Redemption: S.Y. Agnon's Only Yesterday 19 Saddik GOHAR: Exile and Revolt: Arab and Afro-American Poets in Dialogue 20 Trudy AGAR: Annexing the Land of Exile: Language and History in the Work of Assia Djebar 21 Nir YEHUDAI: Creating a Poetics in Exile: The Development of an Ethnic Palestinian-American Culture 22 Emad JABBAR: Poems: 'Do not live a day in a homeland's memory' and 'O fire be peaceful' (DVD) 23 Nora NADJARIAN: Poem for Basim Furat, Emad Jabbar and Yilma Tafere Tasew: 'Exiles' 24 Urbashi BARAT: Exile and Memory: Re-membering Home After the Partition of Bengal 25 Shuchi KOTHARI and Sarina PEARSON: Film Excerpts: A Taste of Place: Stories of Food and Longing (DVD) 26 Hilary FUNNELL: Food and the Exile 27 Zawiah YAHYA: The Other Side of Exile: Malaysian Writers Who Stayed Behind 28 Duncan CAMPBELL: The Cultivation of Exile: Qi Biaojia and His Allegory Mountain 29 Marta JIMENA CABRERA: A Sense of Place: Colombian Artists on Violence and Exile 30 Rudolphus TEEUWEN: Fading into Metaphor: Globalization and the Disappearance of Exile