This Handbook presents a transnational and interdisciplinary study of refugee narratives, broadly defined. Interrogating who can be considered a refugee and what constitutes a narrative, the thirty-eight chapters included in this collection encompass a range of forcibly displaced subjects, a mix of geographical and historical contexts, and a variety of storytelling modalities. Analyzing novels, poetry, memoirs, comics, films, photography, music, social media, data, graffiti, letters, reports, eco-design, video games, archival remnants, and ethnography, the individual chapters counter dominant representations of refugees as voiceless victims. Addressing key characteristics and thematics of refugee narratives, this Handbook examines how refugee cultural productions are shaped by and in turn shape socio-political landscapes. It will be of interest to researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners committed to engaging refugee narratives in the contemporary moment.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

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ByEvyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi, Vinh Nguyen
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part I|50 pages


chapter 141|11 pages

Flights of Fancy

Imagination, Audacity, and Refugee Storytelling
ByCarrie Dawson
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chapter 2|13 pages

Theorizing Unsettlement

Refugee Narratives as Literary Ration Cards
ByB. Venkat Mani
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chapter 3|11 pages

Refugee Narratives and Humanitarian Form

ByBishupal Limbu
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chapter 4|13 pages

Coming Undone

Displacement, Trauma, and the Crisis of (Narrative) Agency 1
ByAsha Varadharajan
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part II|50 pages

Genres and Conventions

chapter 645|12 pages

Refugee Noir

BySydney Van To
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chapter 6|11 pages

Re-Orienting the Gaze

Visualizing Refugees in Recent Film
ByAgnes Woolley
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chapter 8|13 pages

Refugees to Worker-Migrants

Transformations of Cross-Border Migration in Amitav Ghosh's Novels
ByAsis De
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part III|52 pages

Visuality and Visibility

chapter 1149|13 pages

“Through the Lens of a Refugee”

Disrupting Visual Narratives of Displacement
ByAnna Carastathis, Myrto Tsilimpounidi
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chapter 10|12 pages

Narrativizing Unarrival

Digital Autographics by Asylum Seekers in the Pacific
ByM. Eliatamby-O'Brien
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chapter 11|13 pages

If we do not Write Poetry, We will Die

Afghan Diasporic Social Media Poetry for the Fall of Kabul
ByZuzanna Olszewska
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chapter 12|12 pages

Connecting the Dots

Refugee Data Narratives
ByRoopika Risam
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part IV|50 pages

Mediation and Positionality

chapter 16613|12 pages

Up Close and Personal

Mediated Testimony and Narrative Tropes in Refugee Comics
ByNina Mickwitz
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chapter 14|12 pages

“I am Myself”

Queer Refugee Narratives
ByElif Sarı
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chapter 16|13 pages

Refugee Narrative Pedagogy

A Cultural Refugee Studies Approach
ByErin Goheen Glanville
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part V|50 pages


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chapter 18|12 pages

The Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive

Contesting the Refugee Narrative 1
ByCharmaine A. Nelson
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chapter 19|12 pages

To the Editor

Partition Refugee Relief and the Making of the “Pakistani Muslim Citizen” in Punjab
ByAalene Mahum Aneeq
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chapter 20|13 pages

Iraq and the Work of the Frame

ByAngela Naimou
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part VI|38 pages

Health and (Dis)Ability

chapter 26621|11 pages

The Biopoetics of Health

Caribbean Refugee Narratives
ByApril Shemak
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chapter 22|13 pages

Refugee Race-Ability

Bodies, Lands, Worlds
ByY-Dang Troeung
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chapter 23|12 pages

“Many Hands Lighten the Load”

Health Lessons from San Diego during the Time of COVID-19
ByChristiane Assefa
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part VII|50 pages

Care and Kinship

chapter 30424|12 pages

Affecting Appeals

Armenian Refugee Narratives in the Archives of Early Humanitarian Discourse
ByVeronika Zablotsky
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chapter 25|11 pages

Fearless Faces

Motherhood and Gendered Mobility of North Korean Refugees in Jero Yun's Films 1
ByEun Ah Cho
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chapter 26|13 pages

Queer Refugee Homemaking

Lesbian and Gay Refugees' Oral Histories and Photovoice Narratives of Home
ByKatherine Fobear
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chapter 27|12 pages

“Little Knowledges”

Shifting Visions of Childhood, Care, and Technology in the Contemporary Novel of Forced Migration
BySunčica Klaas
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part VIII|40 pages

Land/Water Ecologies

chapter 35428|13 pages

Refugee Ecologies

The Elements, Flora, and Fauna in Refugee Narratives
ByMarguerite Nguyen
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chapter 29|13 pages

Writing, Belonging, Forgetting

Waterscapes in Bangla Dalit Refugee Literature
ByHimadri Chatterjee
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chapter 30|12 pages

Being Indigenous and Refugee

The Duality of Palestinian and American Indian Narratives
ByEman Ghanayem
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part IX|50 pages

Spatiality and Cartographies

chapter 39431|12 pages

Alternative Spatial Imaginaries

Refugees' Counter-Narratives of Settlement and Mobility in Patras
ByMarco Mogiani
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chapter 32|11 pages

Letting Karst Mountains Bloom

Decentering the Secret War in Hmong American Literature and Art
ByAline Lo
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chapter 33|13 pages

Islands of Writers

Tracing an Archipelagic Literature
ByKieren Kresevic Salazar
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chapter 34|12 pages

Spatial Empathy in Refugee Video Games

ByNathan Allen Jung
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part X|51 pages

Temporality and Futurity

chapter 44435|12 pages

Songs against Boredom

Youth, Music, and Bosnian Exile 1
ByAlenka Bartulović, Miha Kozorog
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chapter 36|13 pages

On Water, On Land

Sustainability of Refugee Lives in an Era of Ecological Crises
ByEmily Hue
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chapter 37|13 pages

The Marshall Islands, Guam, and the Figure of Climate Refuge(E)s

ByOlivia Arlene Quintanilla
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chapter 38|11 pages

Refugee Writing and the Problem of the Future

ByHadji Bakara
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