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A Literary Anthropology of Migration and Belonging: Roots, Routes, and Rhizomes (Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology) (Hardcover)

A Literary Anthropology of Migration and Belonging: Roots, Routes, and Rhizomes (Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology) By Cicilie Fagerlid (Editor), Michelle A. Tisdel (Editor) Cover Image
By Cicilie Fagerlid (Editor), Michelle A. Tisdel (Editor)
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This collection pushes migration and "the minor" to the fore of literary anthropology. What happens when authors who thematize their "minority" background articulate notions of belonging, self, and society in literature? The contributors use "interface ethnography" and "fieldwork on foot" to analyze a broad selection of literature and processes of dialogic engagement. The chapters discuss German-speaking Herta M ller's perpetual minority status in Romania; Bengali-Scottish Bashabi Fraser and the potentiality of poetry; vagrant pastoralism and "heritagization" in Puglia, Italy; the self-representation of European Muslims post 9/11 in Zeshan Shakar's acclaimed Norwegian novel; the autobiographical narratives of Loveleen Rihel Brenna and the artist collective Queendom in Norway; the "immigrant" as a permanent guest in Spanish-language children's literature; and Slovenian roots-searching in Argentina. This anthology examines the generative and transformative potentials of storytelling, while illustrating that literary anthropology is well equipped to examine the multiple contexts that literature engages. Chapter 4 of this book is available open access under a CC By 4.0 license at

About the Author

Cicilie Fagerlid was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Library Science at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, at the time of writing. Her previous research includes performance poetry on cosmopolitan and working-class Paris and the creation of new ways of being British Asian, both at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway, where she has taught extensively. Currently, she writes ethnography from public libraries. Michelle A. Tisdel holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, USA. Her research interests include heritage production and discourses of belonging in Norway and Cuba. She conducted long-term research on Cuban museums and Afro-Cuban heritage production. Tisdel works as a research librarian at the National Library of Norway and specializes in migration and heritage themes.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783030347956
ISBN-10: 3030347958
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: January 31st, 2020
Pages: 210
Language: English
Series: Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology