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‘Imaginary hinterlands’: Travel and Dispacement in the Writings of Denis and Charlotte Williams

Edwards, Justin D (2010) ‘Imaginary hinterlands’: Travel and Dispacement in the Writings of Denis and Charlotte Williams Comparative American Studies, 8 (2). pp. 155-164.

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The article analyzes how Charlotte Williams's book Sugar and Slate draws upon travel writing’s potential for cultural critique by expressing a politicized voice that articulates postcolonial experiences from Guyana to Sudan to Wales. For Charlotte Williams, the traveling subject engages in various understandings of dwelling and displacement to engender narratives that simultaneously reflect and question a postcolonial politics of global contacts. This article explores how Sugar and Slate removes representations of travel from the dichotomous interplay between home and abroad, and how, in so doing, Charlotte Williams pushes the envelop of Denis Williams’s theories of cross-cultural creativity and cultural syncretism. For she depicts postcolonial travel not as a ‘progress’ or an ‘arrival’ but as a process, a continuous activity of becoming.

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Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Edwards, Justin Djustin.edwards@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 June 2010
Depositing User : Justin Edwards
Date Deposited : 16 Feb 2017 12:47
Last Modified : 16 Feb 2017 12:47
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/539218

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