Bryan Cheytte’s New Book is a Book of the Year

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  1. From
    Times Higher Education’s Books of 2013

    Robert Eaglestone
    Professor of contemporary literature and thought, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Somewhere between pleasure and duty I read (nearly) all the Man Booker longlist: a really good year. Uncontroversially, I thought that the jury was right. Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (Granta) is clever and demanding, deeply interesting and ultimately rather moving. Two academic books both sought “similarities in dissimilars”, as Aristotle has it. Bryan Cheyette’s Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale University Press) elegantly weaves together Jewish and postcolonial writers and thinkers to make new and unexpected links and illuminations. Finding ideas about cultural trauma too rooted in Europe and North America, Stef Craps’ Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan) seeks to critique and transform our understandings of suffering by using a wider, global perspective.

  2. From The Latest News from the Centre of Home and Belonging Network

    On 12 December 2013, I was joined by University of Northampton CoHaB Early Career Researcher, Sarah Knor and we went to the book launch of Bryan Cheyette’s ‘Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History’ (Birkbeck, University of London). Cheyette’s book looks set to be a major contribution to Literature and Diaspora Studies, uniting post-Holocaust and Postcolonial approaches, questioning disciplinary thinking and asking that scholars rethink the current teleology that underpins Diaspora Studies. Cheyette’s book was also introduced by Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Professor Susheila Nasta MBE (The Open University).

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