"A Multilingual Life": The Cosmopolitan and Globalectic Dimensions of Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Writings

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  • Sneja Gunew, University of British Columbia, Canada

Abstract

The new debates in cosmopolitanism over the last decade are the latest attempt to imagine a critical framework that is more culturally inclusive. These cosmopolitan discussions offer fertile possibilities for discovering new relevance in those multicultural or "ethnic" writings traditionally marginalised in national and transnational formations. Post-multicultural and post-ethnic writers can be given critical recognition as mediating figures that facilitate new relations between national cultures and the global or, in Ngugi wa Thiongo’s more felicitous term "globalectics." The very elements that have been traditionally associated with their constitutive oppression, the belief that they are at home nowhere or in more than one place, could be rethought to constitute their greatest attribute – that they can navigate the structures of belonging in multiple ways, not least by challenging the complacent assumptions or self-evident universalisms that undergird many forms of both nationalism and globalisation. Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s texts will be analysed to show how she is an exemplary figure of the neo-cosmopolitan globalectic writer.

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Author Biography

Sneja Gunew, University of British Columbia, Canada

Sneja Gunew has taught in England, Australia and Canada. She has published widely on multicultural, postcolonial and feminist critical theory and is Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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Published

2014-06-15

How to Cite

Gunew, University of British Columbia, Canada, S. (2014). "A Multilingual Life": The Cosmopolitan and Globalectic Dimensions of Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Writings. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 8(1), 12–24. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/450

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Articles on Shirley Geok-lin Lim