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ISSN (Print) 1705-9100 - ISSN (Online) 1705-9100
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  • We wish to be dreams and Nameless

    • Authors: Adam A H Yaghi
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:19 +000
  • Militant Metaphors: Precarity and Violence in Niger Delta’s Conflict

    • Authors: Pavan Kumar Malreddy
      Abstract: Drawing from two texts on Niger Delta crisis, this paper argues that precarity breeds insurgent violence. Micheal Peel’s A Swamp Full of Dollars (2009) features a real-life journalist with a penchant for literary devices, whereas Helon Habila’s Oil on Water (2010) features a fictional journalist with social realist and picaresque proclivities. Despite their generic distinction or classification, by employing what I call here ‘militant metaphors’, both texts – as this paper aims to show – reveal that precarity breeds insurgent violence. Given the ethical bind to facts or verifiability of factual claims in narrative journalism, Peel’s A Swamp Full of Dollars is best positioned to uncover the ‘absent presence’ of violence. Habila’s Oil on Water, on the other hand, unravels what I would call ‘presence absence’ of the Niger Delta conflict. In doing so, this paper argues that both texts treat Delta militantly as a metaphor –a symptom of the larger yet absent inequalities crystallized into insurgency – and set out to trace the other absent metaphors that are laden with militancy: area boys, bookshops, urban gangs, ecology, landscapes and so forth.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:18 +000
  • Of Blood and Terror in the Queen's Own Land: Violence and the Poetry
           of Lionel Fogarty

    • Authors: Geoff Rodoreda
      Abstract: Queensland, Australia. Sun, surf, beaches, a barrier-reefed, tropical paradise. Hmm. Try “the smell of blood in the waters” and “cut open” bellies filled with stones. Or the “weary years of / Dying in white reigns.” This is how Indigenous Australian poet Lionel Fogarty sees Queensland. Established as a colony of the British Empire in 1859, Queensland, through a Native Police force, engaged in the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples on the frontier. For historian Raymond Evans, this colony was “arguably one of the most violent places on earth during the global spread of Western capitalism in the nineteenth century.” The violence of Queensland’s past and present—both systemic and personal, domestic and state-sponsored, acknowledged and elided—resonates not only through the content of Lionel Fogarty’s verse but also through its very form. Fogarty fogs English, opaques it in unique ways, does violence to the laws of grammar, syntax and convention. This essay examines a half-dozen newly-published Fogarty poems for their various representations of violence. Known as Australia’s guerrilla poet, Fogarty, after 40 years on the job, continues to scrutinise and critique both direct, subjective violence, as well as structural and epistemic violences in his unique lyrical voice.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:18 +000
  • Love in the Cantonment

    • Authors: Rakhshan Rizwan
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:18 +000
  • Narratives of Mourning in the Shadow of the Armed Forces Special Powers
           Act: State Violence and Contested Sovereignty in Contemporary South-Asian

    • Authors: Stephen Morton
      Abstract: This essay examines how contemporary South-Asian fiction has foregrounded the violent means by which the Indian government shores up its sovereignty over Kashmir. By considering how contemporary South-Asian fiction has attempted to address the militarization of Kashmir, the essay expands on Rajeswari Sunder Rajan’s account of an anti-statist imagination in much contemporary South-Asian fiction and non-fiction. With reference to the ways in which the Government of India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Safety Act provide a para-legal context for extra-judicial killings and torture, the essay considers how recent literary representations of Kashmir such as Naseer Ahmed and Saurabh Singh’s graphic novel _Kashmir Pending_ (2007), Basharat Peer’s memoir _Curfewed Night_ (2010), Mirza Waheed’s novel _The Collaborator_ (2011) and Salman Rushdie’s _Shalimar the Clown_ (2005) not only document the crossing of the Line of Control by so-called insurgents, but also raise questions about the violence of state sovereignty by mourning the lives and deaths of those who dare to challenge the Indian state’s spatial performance of sovereignty. To further clarify how such narratives work to contest the spatial performance of sovereignty, reference will also be made to the distinct, but related case of the Government of India’s use of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the north-east, and the ways in which figures such as the Manipuri freedom fighter Irom Sharmila have challenged the Indian government’s techniques of counter-insurgency through non-violent techniques of resistance such as hunger strikes. In so doing, I suggest that postcolonial narratives of mourning offer an important counterpoint to the necropolitical logic of India’s performance of sovereignty over the contested spaces of Kashmir and Northeast India.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:17 +000
  • Two Counter-Narratives of Global Terrorism: Sunjeev Sahota's Ours Are
           the Streets and Tabish Khair's Just Another Jihadi Jane

    • Authors: Elisabetta Marino
      Abstract: By focusing on Ours are the Streets (2011) by Sunjeev Sahota and Just Another Jihadi Jane (2016) by Tabish Khair, this paper aims at tackling the issue of Islamic fundamentalism beyond constructed binarisms, while reassessing the role of literature as a means of elucidating the complexity of global phenomena (such as terrorism) behind simplified propaganda and political manipulation. Written in the wake of 9/11 and 7/7, both novels set out to reveal that the alleged hatred for the West on the part of the jihadists, as well as the religious indoctrination they willingly receive, often lie on the surface of precarious lives, severely affected by marginalization and neoliberal policies and practices. Hence, far from exhibiting the symptoms of fanaticism, the UK-born protagonists of both narratives (Jamilla, the reluctant fundamentalist in Khair’s novel and Imtiaz, the hesitant would-be suicide bomber in Sahota’s volume) mistakenly view their belonging to a terrorist cell as finally being part of a closely-knit and mutually protective group, the imaginary community they have always longed for. As both texts demonstrate, therefore, the boundary between the righteous and the wicked is blurred, while people’s vulnerability is constantly exploited to serve political and economic agendas. Judith Butler’s notion of precarity (2009) and Byung-Chul Han’s view of “the proliferation of the same” (2018) as the pathological alteration the social body suffers from, will provide the necessary theoretical framework to better understand and analyze the two novels and their characters.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:16 +000
  • Violent places: The politics of ‘framing’ postcolonial

    • Authors: Harshana Sassanka Rambukwella
      Abstract: International human rights discourse and journalistic discourse often represent violence as a 'flat' discourse. In many of these accounts victims and perpetrators are understood in binary terms with little attention to the specific histories and genealogies of violence that shape the experience of postcolonial violence. This article explores the representation of violence in two English language novels A Cause Untrue (2005) by David Blacker and Chats with the Dead (2020) by Shehan Karunatilake to critically interrogate the deep colonial lineages of how violence is understood and represented and why 'flat' victim-perpetrator binaries obscure highly contingent and contextually specific experiences of victimhood. In making this argument I critically adapt the notions of 'grievability' and 'frames of recognition' from the work of Judith Butler and also the notion of the 'implicated subject' from the work of Michael Rothberg.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:16 +000
  • Remembering the Dead: Testimonial Narratives and the Politics of Memory in
           the Representation of Boko Haram Terrorism

    • Authors: Chijioke K Onah
      Abstract: This essay studies the memory constellation of Boko Haram terrorism in the aftermath of the Chibok Girls kidnapping in Nigeria. Using survivors’ accounts in Wolfgang Bauer’s Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story, Patience Ibrahim’s A Gift From Darkness: How I Escaped with my Daughter from Boko Haram, and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, the paper shows how the memory of this event is being constructed in the present. Drawing from Ann Rigney’s discussion of the inevitability of the principle of differential memorability in the formation of cultural memory, the essay argues that although this principle may be indispensable in allowing memory cultures to emerge, the Chibok case shows that cultures of remembrance risk perpetuating narrow perception and understanding of an event. The paper, however, foregrounds the affordances of testimonial narrative as a mode of narrative memory that embodies different voices and experiences without necessarily hierarchizing the victims of violence. In this way, it can serve as an antidote to the selectivity of our memory culture and the exclusion/silences within it. The paper concludes that it is by listening to the testimonies of survivors and attending to “traces” rather than just the “messages” in their testimonies that we can gain access to a more nuanced, and perhaps more complete knowledge of events in order to challenge the (dangers of the) single stories of our memory culture.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:15 +000
  • “We’ve become the boogie men”: Islamophobia, Schlock Horror and
           “Radicalization” in Omar El-Khairy and Nadia Latif’s Homegrown

    • Authors: Daniel O'Gorman
      Abstract: Omar El-Khairy and Nadia Latif’s 2015 immersive theatre production, Homegrown, aimed to tell the complex stories behind tabloid headlines about British Muslim teenagers being “radicalized” by ISIS at school and online. The production was commissioned by the National Youth Theatre and was set to involve a troupe of 115 young actors performing in the premises of an East London school. However, securing a school willing to host the production proved difficult, with venues pulling out when they learned more about the piece’s content, and the NYT eventually dropped the play two weeks before its opening night. Two years later, in 2017, the script was published independently: the only way by which the play can be experienced in its entirety, to date. Until now, Homegrown’s cancellation has received considerable attention, while the content of the play itself has largely been overlooked. Addressing this gap in the conversation, the present article argues that El-Khaiy and Latif’s play script deserves to be read widely, as it offers one of the most nuanced and sophisticated literary explorations of Islamophobia in Britain today, especially in the context of the UK Government’s controversial anti-radicalisation programme, Prevent, as well as contemporary discourses surrounding the “radicalization” of young Muslims more generally. Through a subversive appropriation of “B-movie schlock” horror tropes, the play exposes the equally cheap and hackneyed binaries that are ingrained into the language of counterterrorist discourse in the UK, while exposing the limitations to outward claims of inclusivity and anti-racism in the ostensibly liberal institutions of British theatre and publishing.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:15 +000
  • Benevolent violence: Bombs, Aid, and Human Rights in Mohammad
           Hanif’s Red Birds

    • Authors: Shazia Sadaf
      Abstract: “If Pakistan screwed Afghanistan and USA was the midwife you’d get a country called FAMILY”. This wise insight comes from a character in Mohammad Hanif's Red Birds, which is a tragicomic satire on the absurdity of the global war on terror, the incongruity of US aid, and the futility of unidimensional research into global violence. The novel speaks in sectioned first-person narratives by alternating characters (including a dog!) that are both victims and perpetrators of violence in an incongruous post 9/11 conflict zone. Set in a semi-fictional war-battered place somewhere between a Middle Eastern desert and the arid Pakistani tribal belt, it has all the elements of dissonant positionalities in one competing space: a US military hanger, a UN Food mission, a USAID refugee camp, a Red Crescent Hospital. Hanif populates this space with all the expected character representations in a contemporary global war zone: a presumptuous US bomber pilot, an angry young Muslim refugee, an ingratiating local UN logistics officer, a futile USAID consultant carrying out research in post-conflict resolution strategies. The complex interplay of their internal monologues not only reveals the violence of their relationship with each other, but also the violence behind the apparent benevolence of aid missions and conflict resolution strategies that follow the more direct violence of war. Into this narrative Hanif cleverly weaves the staple terminology of War on Terror, like “enemy combatant” and “collateral damage” that justify Western intervention and violence through modifications in human rights discourse. This essay highlights, through Hanif’s tropes, the key facets of benevolent violence of so-called post-conflict resolution projects, and its wider global repercussions.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:14 +000
  • Global Literature and Violent Conflicts

    • Authors: Pavan Kumar Malreddy
      Abstract: This essay introduces the double guest issue on Global Literature and Violence
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 14:43:13 +000
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