Overcoming the ‘Crisis of Nonrelation’ through Formal Innovation: Aboriginal Short Story Cycles (book chapter)

Excerpt from the introduction: Given the economic deprivation and social exclusion that many Indigenous Australians face, it comes as little surprise that issues such as poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse also feature prominently in Aboriginal literature, across all genres. More recent examples include, for instance, poetry by Romaine Moreton, the poetic memoir Too […]

Two Worlds in One Book: “Ways of Sunlight” and the Migrant Short Story Cycle

This chapter argues that Sam Selvon’s short story sequence “Ways of Sunlight” (1957) pioneered a specific technique of constructing coherence between different narratives. While its first nine stories are grouped together under the title of “Trinidad,” the remaining ten appear in a section named “London.” Although the London stories ultimately bridge that separation by depicting […]