New PDF release: Anila’s Journey

By Mary Finn

ISBN-10: 0763639168

ISBN-13: 9780763639167

Set in colonial India, this richly layered coming-of-age story follows a lively younger artist on a trip up the Ganges — and during the enigmas of her past.

How can Anila Tandy, left to fend for herself after her mother's dying, dare to use for a role that's truly now not intended for a girl? yet in some way the "Bird woman of Calcutta," artwork offers in hand, reveals herself on an eye-opening trip up the Ganges, apprenticed to a gentleman scientist. because the lush panorama slips by way of, Anila dives into her prior — a prior the place her appealing Bengali mom nonetheless tells tales and her Irish father's mysterious disappearance lingers. Gorgeously written and wealthy with surroundings, Mary Finn's debut novel tells the tale of a decided younger artist who needs to make her means within the risky international of late-eighteenth-century India.

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The poster depicted Soma Thera walking hand in hand with the Sri Lanka army to the tag line ‘Let’s defeat the NGO mafia’ (Charles 2004: 17). 20 Kaldor’s understanding of the resurgence of ethno-nationalism in contemporary conflict as rooted in eroding state structures effected by globalization also has resonance in the Sri Lankan context where several socio-economic policies have undermined the legitimacy of the Sri Lankan state, particularly in the eyes of the country’s ethnic minorities. Some of these policies pre-date contemporary globalization and have their roots in ‘corrective’ post-colonial strategies that also supported the consolidation of hegemonic power by the Sinhala polity immediately following independence.

Moreover, militarized violence effects a history of insecurity, trauma, fear and anxiety that its victims and survivors experience, and their psychic crises are as potent a site of analytical usefulness for both the survivors and socio-cultural critics. The critical imperative then is to focus on these times of crises towards an understanding of the object(s) of inquiry. This, as Wendy Brown argues, calls for an engagement with temporality in the Benjamin sense, found in his ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’, which would self-consciously identify with a historical materialism that refuses to locate these crises within a teleological trajectory of past, present and future, but sees them as frozen, ‘time stilled’.

Censorship, however, is a complex category that wields its power not only as an external force as we are prone to think. The conventional approach to censorship understands it as a predominant tool of an authoritarian and militarized state or militant group in the management of power, imposed from the offices of their respective censoring officials. ’ is inadequate. : 209). It holds good because ‘it does not weigh on us as a force that says no, but . . traverses and produces things, it CONSTITUTING MARTIAL VIRTUE 47 induces pleasure, forms knowledge, it produces discourse’ (Foucault, cited in Abeysekara 2002: 19).

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