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標題:“ ‘This Was My Country - How Could It Not Be?’: On the Significance of Travel in M. G. Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall.”
學年104
學期2
發表日期2016/07/21
作品名稱“ ‘This Was My Country - How Could It Not Be?’: On the Significance of Travel in M. G. Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall.”
作品名稱(其他語言)非我家園?:華山吉《維克蘭拉爾的中間世界》中旅行的意義
著者Shizen Ozawa
作品所屬單位
出版者
會議名稱XXI Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association
會議地點Vienna University, Vienna, Austria
摘要M. G. Vassanji's The In-between World of Vikram Lall describes how the life of the eponymous protagonist, a third-generation Asian African, is affected by Kenya's independence struggle and its post-colonial aftermath. This essay analyses how this novel uses the motif of travel in order to explore the possibilities and difficulties for Asian Africans to make East Africa their true home. It is often through travel that the protagonist re-examines some facets of his "Kenyan" identity. This essay first explains how the novel reflects the historical particularities of Asian Africans in colonial East Africa, and how those particularities affect the protagonist's early life and his sense of belonging. It then discusses the significance of the trip his family takes when he is an eight-year-old boy, analysing how this journey allows him to bracket the instability of his identity and deepen his sense of geo-cultural belonging. Next, the journeys the adult protagonist undertakes in post-independent Kenya are examined. These trips function as occasions to reaffirm his sense of belonging to the country in spite of the deepening political corruption and his own involvement in it. Lastly, the essay explores the importance of Canada, where he hides himself after fleeing Kenya and writes the autobiography that constitutes most of the novel. The geo-cultural distance between Canada and Africa forces the protagonist to question his relationship with Kenya and ultimately makes him decide to go back to the country.
關鍵字The In-Between World of Vikram Lall;M. G. Vassanji;Asian Africans;nationalism;travel;維克蘭拉爾的中間世界;華山吉;亞裔非洲人;國家主義;旅行
語言英文
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會議性質國際
校內研討會地點
研討會時間20160721~20160727
通訊作者
國別奧地利
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