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Unfixed selves

Mishra, V. (2001) Unfixed selves. Canadian Literature, 169 . pp. 169-172.

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These books of poems show the unusually vibrant side of Canada's multicultural experience. Indeed some of the very best Canadian verse is being written by the many diasporas in Canada. Movement from one locale to another, from an earlier space where foundational narratives are constructed, where the metaphors of living come into being, where information and experience are packaged and bottled to be sent across seas (which in turn needs to be deciphered, learnt, memorized, "deep in a rusting city-centre") in short movement from one country to another creates a consciousness about one's past that has been theorized, in very recent times, as diasporic poetics. One of the key characteristics of this poetics has to do with the dilemma of unfixed selves. How does one write about these selves, how does one negotiate living here (in this instance Canada) and writing out narratives invaded by earlier memories?

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: University of British Columbia Law Review Society
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Notes: Books in review: Rienzi Crusz (Author)Beautitudes of Ice. TSAR Publications Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri (Author) The Faces of Galle Face Green. TSAR Publications Ian Iqbal Rashid (Author) The Heat Yesterday. Coach House Books
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