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The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary

Stephen Clingman


The book proceeds from a central contemporary paradox. Never before have we been confronted by such dizzying forms of multiplicity, while at the same time facing still powerful appeals to singularity in matters of location and identity. The question arises as to how we negotiate the relation between the two — whether we can fashion new understandings of self and place in a disparate and uneven world. Here the relevant problem is not whether boundaries exist, but the nature of the boundaries we construct. In this light the book takes up the idea of a ‘grammar of identity’, considering notions o ... More

Keywords: Coetzee, Conrad, Gordimer, grammar of identity, nature of the boundary, Caryl Phillips, Rhys, Rushdie, Sebald, transnational fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199278497
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278497.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Clingman, author
University of Massacusetts, Amherst