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A Sense of Exile: Essays in the literature of the Asia Pacific region

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'These essays offer a valuable insight into the cultural alienation which, in the late 20th century, affects many of us ‒ whether as recent immigrants, as provincials transplanted in the metropolis or, increasingly, as exiles of the mind.'
Robert Drew

'We are all exiles, who will not rest, but will dream, and travel, seeking an alternative reality, a better future.'
Ee Tiang Hong


  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The exile of the mind by Meernakshi Mukherjee
  • Canonical and colonial texts: English appropriations and misappropriations by John Hay
  • The Marcos years and after: A personal essay by F. Sionil Jose
  • The only way out: The sense of exile in poetry by Kirpal Singh
  • Exile to native in Singapore poetries by Edwin Thumboo
  • Gifts of exile by C. D. Narasimhaiah
  • Passports to Paradise by Bruce Bennett
  • Nevil Shute - Exile by choice by Jack Bennet
  • Exiles in Eden: The popular colonial romance by Paul Sharrad
  • Nowt more outcastin: Utopian myths in Louis Nowra's 'The golden age' by Veronica Kelly
  • Exiles in their own country: Fringedwellers and the fringedwellers by Veronica Brady
  • Twice removed: Aboriginal and immigrant writing in Australia by Kateryna Olijnyk Arthur
  • Chinese writers and the war-resistance literature of Malaya and Singapore, 1937-1942 by Wong Yoon Wah
  • Alienation and the Pacific War: The fiction of Lim Thean Soo and Chin Kee Onn by Leong Liew Geok
  • The novels of F. Sionil Jose: Protagonists in spiritual exile by Dudley de Suza
  • The Malaysian novelist: Detachment or spiritual trancendence by K. S. Maniam
  • Linguistic boundaries: K.S. Maniam's 'The return' by Anne Brewster
  • Exiles of the mind - The fictions of Janet Frame by Vincent O'Sullivan
  • R. Parthasarathy: The language of deracination by Sudesh Mishra
  • Biographical writing: Personal and public by Yasmine Gooneratne
  • Translating Malay poetry: Kemala by Harry Aveling
  • Playing dangerously with words: Translating the poetry of Sutardji Calzoum Bachri by Chin Woon Ping
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