Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space by Arun MukherjeeOppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space by Arun Mukherjee

Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space

byArun Mukherjee


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In these closely argued essays, taking examples from writing and film, Arun Prabha Mukherjee considers the place of the third world person - both as artistic creator and as a subject of artistic eneavour - in the West. Works of non-mainstream, immigrant artists, she urges, shoul be understood on their own terms. In particular, established Western aethetics, especially the idea of the Universal and its applications, even within the domains of the postcolonial and feminist criticism, are demonstrated as instances of domination and disregard third world experiences and particularities. On the other hand, key canonical texts in the West, blind to these details of the third world lives they portray, are shown to be distortional and even offensive.

This important work includes detailed and original considerations of the works of David Lean, Michael Ondaatje, MG Vassanji, Earle Birney, Rohinton Mistry, Neil Bissoondath, Dionne Brand, and numerous others.

Arun Prabha Mukherjee came to Canada from India in 1971 as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Toronto. An Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto, she is the author of The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel: The Rhetoric of Dreiser and His Contemporaries (1987), Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition: Essa...
Title:Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated SpaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.72 × 5.76 × 0.64 in

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Table of Contents

Introduction viiPART ONE: THE COLOUR OF THEORY - A NON-WHITE READER READS1. Introduction to Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition 32. The "Race Consciousness" of a South Asian (Canadian, of course) Academic 93. The Vocabulary of the "Universal":The Cultural Imperialism of the UniversalistCriteria of Western Literary Criticism 174. Ideology in the Classroom:A Case Study in the Teaching of EnglishLiterature in Canadian Universities 305. The Third World in the Dominant Western Cinema: Responses of a Third World Viewer 396. Bears and Men in Birney's"The Bear on the Delhi Road" 497. On Reading Renu:Text/ Language/ Culture/ Translation 56PART TWO: MINORITY CANADIAN WRITING8. Ironies of Colour in the Great White North:The Discursive Strategies of Some Hyphenated Canadians 699. South Asian Poetry in Canada: In Search of a Place 8010. The Sri Lankan Poets in Canada: An Alternative View 9611. The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje and Cyril Dabydeen:Two Responses to Otherness 11212. The Poetry of Rienzi Crusz: Songs of an Immigrant 13313. Narrating India:Rohinton Mistry's Such a Long Journey 14414. Digging Up the Mountains:Bissoondath's Doomed World 15215. A Planet of Eccentrics: Begamudre's Fantastic India 15816. M G Vassanji's Uhuru Street 16417. Writing from a Hard Place:The African Fiction of M G Vassanji 169Notes 179Acknowledgements 189

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Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space opens up a new perspective in reading Canadian literature written by first- and second-generation immigrants. Author Arun Mukherjee disputes the concept of universal tastes and aesthetics, arguing that minority writers’ work be understood in their own terms. The book includes writing from authors such as Rohinton Mistry, Neil Bissoondath, Michael Ondaatje and Earle Birney as case examples in Mukherjee’s discussion. In addition, it examines antiracist and feminist viewpoints.