This book examines the limits of cosmopolitanism in contemporary literature. In a world in which engagement with strangers is no longer optional, and in which the ubiquitous demands of globalization clash with resurgent localist and nationalist sentiments, cosmopolitanism is no longer merely a horizon-broadening aspiration but a compulsory order of things to which we are all conscripted. Focusing on literary texts from such diverse locales as England, Algeria, Sweden, former Yugoslavia, and the Sudan, the essays in this collection interrogate the tensions and impasses in our prison-house of cosmopolitanism.

chapter |9 pages


ByAleksandar Stević, Philip Tsang

part Part I|74 pages

Cosmopolitan Hegemons

chapter 1|20 pages

Cosmopolis Besieged

The Exilic Reunion of Bogdan Bogdanović and Milo Dor
ByVladimir Zorić

chapter 2|20 pages

Building Bridges

Constructing a Comparative Sufi Cosmopolitanism in Rock and Roll Jihad
ByMukti Lakhi Mangharam

chapter 3|17 pages

Sunjeev Sahota’s Fictions of Failed Cosmopolitan Conviviality

ByAna Cristina Mendes

chapter 4|15 pages

Stuck Between England and Egypt

Sudanese Cosmopolitanism in Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North and Leila Aboulela’s Lyrics Alley
BySuha Kudsieh

part Part II|55 pages

Subjects of Displacement

chapter 5|20 pages


Caryl Phillips and the Ethics of Disaffiliation
ByAleksandar Stević

chapter 6|18 pages

Why Is the Patient “English”?

Disidentification in Michael Ondaatje’s Fiction
ByPhilip Tsang

chapter 7|17 pages

Alien-Nation and the Algerian Harraga

The Limits of Nation-Building and Cosmopolitanism as Interpretive Models for the Clandestine Immigrant
ByMary Anne Lewis Cusato

part Part III|49 pages

Circulated Objects

chapter 8|18 pages

Cosmopolitanism and Orality in Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods, Inc.

ByKatherine Hallemeier

chapter 10|17 pages

Paying Attention to a World in Crisis

Cosmopolitanism in Climate Fiction
ByPaul Tenngart