Transnational Literature 2021-12-16T13:49:45+00:00 For further info or questions please email Open Journal Systems <p>To view the full journal, past issues and to see our submission guidelines, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Third Culture Kids and Privilege 2021-12-16T13:49:45+00:00 Antje Rauwerda <p>A conversation piece about Third Culture Kids and Privilege</p> 2021-12-16T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Antje Rauwerda “Third Culture Kids”: Detachment, Adolescence, and Yann Martel’s Self 2021-03-26T14:11:36+00:00 Antje Rauwerda <p>This interdisciplinary paper uses Third Culture studies (drawn from the social sciences) in tandem with literary analysis of Canadian/ Third Culture Yann Martel’s first novel <em>Self</em> (1996) to argue that Martel’s work exemplifies both the international freedoms of Third Culture individuals and the psychology of Third Culture itself, which is, as I suggest here, seemingly stuck in an adolescent phase of identity-formation. Third Culture tends to connote expatriate privilege, including the ability to cross borders at will with an ease other types of dislocated populations do not enjoy. Literary analysis allows me to reconsider Martel’s novel and fruitfully intervene in scholarship addressing the vexed internationalism expressed in it. &nbsp;I also further the scholarship on Third Culture, especially as it engages with the interaction between rootlessness and privilege, and with the possibility that internationally disrupted adolescence renders national commitments permanently unstable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Antje Rauwerda Transnational Writing to Aminatta Forna 2021-03-21T12:44:01+00:00 Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz <p>I was fascinated by Aminatta Forna’s keynote speech at the conference <em>Transnational Literature and Writing: Follow the Sun.</em> This creative-critical and personal letter addressed to Aminatta Forna is a response to her keynote speech about the transnational writer.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz Are We Here Just For Saying? 2021-02-10T22:07:37+00:00 Nicholas Jose <p><strong>Are we here just for saying? </strong>is a lyrical essay in the form of a memoir. It follows a regular bike ride along a river through the seasons of the year and of a life, the cycles of the sun, as the rider wonders what names to call things by, taking a hint from Rilke about why we are here as creatures of language.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Nicholas Jose Bordering Heritage 2020-09-01T15:58:40+00:00 Dan O'Carroll <p>An autobiographical interrogation of multiple heritages at a conference on the Irish border.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Dan O'Carroll Learning To Bake 2020-09-01T15:11:00+00:00 Janhavi Acharekar <p>An artist, in touch with his father only through phonecalls, contemplates his care.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Janhavi Acharekar Passport Control 2020-09-01T15:40:11+00:00 Nudrat Siddiqui <p>Questions at an airport Passport Control lead to an interesting encounter.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Nudrat Siddiqui The Crossing 2021-02-03T21:37:42+00:00 Csilla Toldy <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An extract from a coming of age novel Bed, Table, Door forthcoming from Wrecking Ball Press, UK in 2022 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">about </span><strong>a Hungarian couple, Sofie and Samu,</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> who escape from socialist Hungary to England during the Thatcher era. </span></p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Csilla Toldy Westward Ho! 2020-12-05T13:29:12+00:00 Padraig Rooney <p><strong><em>Abstract</em></strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Annemarie Schwarzenbach was a Swiss writer, photographer and traveller who visited the Middle East and Persia several times in the mid-nineteen-thirties. In an attempt to free herself from morphine addiction, she left Geneva in June 1939 with fellow Swiss traveller Ella Maillart, the two women driving overland to Afghanistan. They parted company in Kabul, met again briefly in India from where Schwarzenbach travelled back by steamship to Genoa. War had broken out, she was restless, addicted, and unsure where her life was heading. After a short stay in Switzerland, she was back in Genoa and caught the steamship </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Manhattan</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> bound for New York, where her friends Erika and Klaus Mann were in exile, and where she would meet the young writer Carson McCullers. Written on board the </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Manhattan</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, this short text illustrates Schwarzenbach’s wandering spirit, her trustafarian, romantic view of Asia, as well as her lyrical gift. In New York her addiction and disorientation took a turn for the worse, she was committed to Bellevue psychiatric clinic and eventually expelled from the United States. She died in Switzerland in November 1942, from injuries sustained in a fall from her bicycle. Schwarzenbach’s photos were the subject of a major exhibition in the Klee Center in Bern in September 2020.</span></em></p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Padraig Rooney Casteism 2020-12-07T05:32:37+00:00 SOMDATTA Mandal <p>It is a short story about how casteism is inherent in our contemporary Indian society.</p> <p>[Translated by Somdatta Mandal from the original Bangla story “Barnabad” by Manoranjan Byapari]</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 SOMDATTA Mandal Water Thy Shadow 2021-02-11T22:18:24+00:00 Isaac Oine Ugbabe <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From the confines of a North London bedsit, Boka embarks on a journey to find a job and escape his mother’s hold on the future, the same grip she held on his late brother’s life. </span></p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Isaac Oine Ugbabe Black Pelican 2021-02-08T12:08:34+00:00 Catherine Okoronkwo <p>An extract from, Black Pelican, a memoir reflecting a Third Culture upbringing in the Middle East, Nigeria and the West.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Catherine Okoronkwo Rows of Lavender 2021-01-07T14:17:42+00:00 Amber Duivenvoorden <p>The narrative of <em>Rows of Lavender </em>centres around Hani, a young Somali woman, and reflects the inhuman conditions of detention centres in Malta which are unhygienic and lack access to mental health care. It also explores the concept of migration, reaching the wrong destination and adapting to a new culture. </p> <p> </p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Amber Duivenvoorden Letting Go: A Prayer 2021-02-27T22:49:45+00:00 Misbah Ahmed <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Letting Go: A Prayer</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> explores the challenges of being a young Muslim in Britain. Written in reference to ongoing human rights abuses in China, the narrative considers the impact of international atrocities on youth at home, and the effect of pervading feelings of threat and physical violence on similar-looking bodies. The story is told through the perspective of a single mother preparing her son for the future, and it considers racial trauma, loneliness, and familial love.</span></p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Misbah Ahmed Kenyan Poetry Section : Intro 2021-04-21T08:42:58+00:00 Ngwatilo Mawiyoo 2021-10-18T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Ngwatilo Mawiyoo Kenyan Poetry Section 2021-04-05T04:25:41+00:00 Ngwatilo Mawiyoo Michelle K Angwenyi Bethuel Muthee Alexis Teyie <p>Poems from 4 Kenyan poets.&nbsp;</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Alexis Teyie, Michelle K. Angwenyi, Bethuel Muthee Featured poet - Len Verwey 2021-04-08T08:38:24+00:00 Len Verway 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Len Verway A Bible Story 2021-03-18T07:04:08+00:00 Angela Costi <p>Poem about inter-racial relationships</p> 2021-10-18T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Angela Costi Ferienhaus Kaapes, Holsthum 2021-03-28T05:25:04+00:00 John Glenday <p>Poem about loss</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 John Glenday Anachronistic Translations 2021-03-28T20:42:34+00:00 Joshua Ip 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Joshua Ip Grains of Memories 2021-03-28T05:12:54+00:00 Ngoi Hui Chien <p>Poem about homesickness</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Ngoi Hui Chien Succession Planning, Northern Rivers, Australia, January 2020 2021-03-18T05:03:26+00:00 Rosanna Licari <p>Poem about the 2020 Australian bushfires.</p> 2021-10-18T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Rosanna Licari The Larger World 2021-04-04T22:31:47+00:00 Nancy Anne Miller <p>Poem about Bermudan history/ global warming</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Nancy Anne Miller The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide 2021-09-30T16:29:16+00:00 Amanda White <p>Amanda White introduces the project, The Daily Haiku and charts its success across the globe.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Amanda White The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide 2021-08-13T17:38:48+00:00 Helene Guojah <p>A conversation between Helene Guojah and The Great Margin, including some of Guojah's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Helene Guojah The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide 2021-08-13T17:45:04+00:00 Eric McLachlan <p>A conversation between Eric McLachlan and The Great Margin, including some of McLachlan's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> 2021-10-18T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Eric McLachlan The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide 2021-08-13T17:52:04+00:00 Amita Paul <p>A conversation between Amita Paul and The Great Margin, including some of Paul's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Amita Paul The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide 2021-08-13T17:47:44+00:00 Cathryn Stone <p>A conversation between Cathryn Stone and The Great Margin, including some of Stone's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Cathryn Stone The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide 2021-08-13T17:21:01+00:00 Neetu Malik <p>A conversation between Neetu Malik and The Great Margin, including some of Malik's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Neetu Malik The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide 2021-08-13T17:55:02+00:00 Elizabeth Tunstall <p>A conversation between Elizabeth Tunstall and The Great Margin, including some of Tunstall's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Elizabeth Tunstall Plan B Audio by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa (Isobar Press, Tokyo & London, 2020) Reviewed by Pam Brown 2021-03-01T04:03:39+00:00 Pam Brown 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Pam Brown Scatterlings by Rešoketšwe Manenzhe (Jacana Media, Johannesburg, 2020) Reviewed by Kristien Potgieter 2021-04-13T11:43:26+00:00 Kristien Potgieter 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Kristien Potgieter The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (ECW Press, Toronto, 2020) Reviewed By Asma Sayed and Jacqueline Walker 2021-03-05T19:21:58+00:00 Asma Sayed Jacqueline Walker <p>Book Review of Vivek Shraya's The Subtweet&nbsp;</p> 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Asma Sayed, Jacqueline Walker Lightseekers by Femi Kayode (Mulholland Books, New York, 2021) Reviewed by Saliha Haddad 2021-04-13T11:32:27+00:00 Saliha Haddad 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Saliha Haddad I Don't Expect Anyone to Believe me by Juan Pablo Villalobos (And Other Stories, Sheffield, 2020). Reviewed by Jayne Marshall 2021-04-13T11:38:18+00:00 Jayne Marshall 2021-10-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Jayne Marshall