Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture, and Society in Honor of Amritjit Singh
Tapan Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz
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Crossing Borders is a volume of interdisciplinary essays on the paradigm of borders in African American literature, multi-ethnic U.S. studies, and South Asian studies. Written by established and mid-career scholars from across the world, the essays employ a variety of approaches to the idea of “border crossings” and represent important contributions to the discourses on modernity, diasporic mobility, populism, migration, exile, sub-nation, trans-nation, as well as the formation of nationalities, communities, and identities. Borders, in these contexts, signify social and national inequities and hierarchies and also the ways to challenge and transgress entrenched barriers sanctioned by habit, custom, and law. The volume also honours and celebrates the life and work of Amritjit Singh as a teacher, mentor, author, scholar, and editor.

Tapan Basu is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Delhi.
Tasneem Shahnaaz is associate professor in the Department of English, Sri Aurobindo College, University of Delhi.

Preface ix
Introduction xi
Tapan Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz

Part I: Multiculturalism and Its Discontents 1
1 Out of Line: Shifting Border Paradigms in Cooper, Morrison,
and Yamashita 3
Silvia Schultermandl
2 Wave or Particle?: Crossing Borders in Ruth Ozeki’s novel A
Tale for the Time Being (2013) 17
Peter Schmidt
3 Translating across the Borders: Sui Sin Far and Other
Interethnic/Interstitial Asian American Subjects 31
Martha J. Cutter
4 Dancing with Italians: Chicago’s Italians in Fact, and in the
Fiction of Willard Motley 47
Fred Gardaphe

Part II: Nation and Sub-Nation 63
5 Creating Kashmir: Gender, Politics, and Violence in Meena
Arora Nayak’s Endless Rain 65
Robin E. Field
6 Drawing the Durand Line: Pakistani Afghans, Borders, and
Transnational Insecurity 79
Zubeda Jalalzai
7 Teaching Giovanni’s Room in the Shadow of the Israeli-
Palestinian Conflict: Denaturalizing Privilege 95
Catherine Rottenberg

Part III: Diaspora and Trans-Nation 107
8 Diasporic Subjectivity: Dhan Gopal Mukerji’s Caste and
Outcast and Sadhu Singh Dhami’s Maluka 109
Nalini Iyer
9 A Partition without Borders: Diasporic Readings of Clear Light
of Day and Train to Pakistan 119
Rahul K. Gairola
10 Caste, Race, and Intellectual History: Notes on a Singular
Modernity 135
Auritro Majumder

Part IV: Gendered Identities 147
11 Jessie Fauset and the Historiography of the Harlem Renaissance 149
Cheryl A. Wall
12 Space and the Shape of a Life: Placing Nella Larsen 165
Thadious M. Davis
13 The Sexual Commodities, Racial Economies, and Critical
Oversights of Felice Swados’s House of Fury 183
Ayesha K. Hardison

Part V: Art: Between the Popular and the Populist 197
14 Langston Hughes and the Challenges of Populist Art 199
Arnold Rampersad
15 Orality, History, and Narration: The Aesthetics of Listening 215
Jasbir Jain
16 Romare Bearden’s Li’l Dan the Drummer Boy: Coloring a Story
of the Civil War 225
Robert B. Stepto

Part VI: Journeys across Art and Life 233
17 “Heritage” in America: A Literary Stroll 235
Werner Sollors
18 What Is Ralph Ellison All About?: A Retrospective View 251
Charles Johnson
Contents vii
19 Writing across Borders: Race and Gender in Elleke Boehmer’s
Fiction 259
Lynda Ng
20 A Native Son Abroad: A Conversation with Amritjit Singh 269
Nibir K. Ghosh

Epilogue: Amritjit Singh: Reflections and Stories 285
Rajiva Verma, Ved Prakash, Houston A. Baker, Roshni
Rustomji-Kerns, K. D. Verma, David Ray, Judy Ray, Meena
Alexander, J. N. Sharma, Sachidananda Mohanty, Pradyumna
S. Chauhan, Malashri Lal, Sudhi Rajiv, Tapan Basu, Daniel M.
Scott, Joseph A. Conforti, Richard Olmstead, Barbara A.
Silliman, Zubeda Jalalzai, Gert Buelens, Robert Elliot Fox,
Bruce Dick, C. Lok Chua, Wendy Barker, Chitra Banerjee
Divakaruni, John C. Hawley, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Samina
Najmi, Rajini Srikanth, Nita N. Kumar, Altaf Ullah Khan,
Marsha L. Dutton, Vladimir Marchenkov, Richard A. Courage,
Heba Sharobeem and Ira Dworkin

Index 331
About the Editors and Contributors 347

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