This book presents diverse, composite, non-exclusive and non-hierarchical perspectives on displacement of people as represented in literature. It examines the experiences of migration as a result of wars, natural disasters, religious strife, loss of livelihoods and shifts in local and global economies and the vulnerabilities they expose.

Bringing together scholarly insights into literature about displacement and migration from Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the book interrogates the development frames of Western modernity and situates displacement within the discourse of disenfranchisement of citizens by nation-states. It explores the experiences, memories and expressions of displacement in literature and how literary works critique ethical and moral responsibilities of states and communities that often do not account for the loss which displacement causes to the health, education, career, or relationships of displaced people.

The volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of literature, philosophy, migration and diaspora studies, development studies, African studies and Asian studies.

chapter |9 pages


ByMbuh Tennu Mbuh, Meera Chakravorty, John Clammer

part I|115 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Disaster's Offspring

Catastrophe, Narrative and Society
ByBarry H. Rodrigue

chapter 2|19 pages

A Philosophy of Displacement

“Passer-by” Ethics under the Microscope
ByNikolai Blaskow

chapter 3|19 pages

America * in the Contemporary Postcolonial African Imagination

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing around Your Neck
ByBlossom Ngum Fondo

chapter 4|20 pages

Nativizing Colonial Ghosts in the Postcolony

A Composite Perspective on Displacement
ByMbuh Tennu Mbuh

chapter 5|28 pages

Asking the Right Kind of Questions

Seeing India through the Eyes of Slavoj Žižek
ByVishnu Varatharajan

chapter 6|12 pages

The Philosophy of Displacement

Re-reading Hannah Arendt in NRC Times
ByPriyanca Mathur

part II|35 pages

The Literary Politics and Phenomenology of Displacement and Belonging

chapter 7|20 pages

The New Citizenship

Seyla Benhabib's “The Right to Have Rights”
ByGianluigi Segalerba

chapter 8|13 pages

The Libraries of the Migrants

Dissemination of Books as Dissemination of the Self?
ByBianca Boteva-Richter

part III|84 pages

Writing Displacement

chapter 9|18 pages

Writing in Times of Displacement

Towards Transformation
ByMeera Chakravorty

chapter 10|14 pages

Voices beyond Borders

Exile and Refugee Poetry and Performance
ByJohn Clammer

chapter 11|22 pages

Interrogating, Confronting and Reconstituting Displacement and a New Politics, Poetics and Spirituality of Dwelling

The Ethics, Aesthetics and Responsibility of Home and the World *
ByAnanta Kumar Giri

chapter 13|16 pages

Writing Displacement

Memory, Violence and Their Ancillaries in Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone: The True Story of a Child Soldier
ByMoussa Traoré

part IV|15 pages

Locating Displacement