Book reviews

Kellman, Steven G.. “Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility by Arianna Dagnino.” Review. symploke, Volume 23, Numbers 1-2, 2015.

“In Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility, Arianna Dagnino offers not only a description of an emerging decentered, transnational, and translingual literature but also a rhapsodic manifesto for a new sensibility that embodies and celebrates fluidity, plasticity, and hybridity. Her paragons for this new sensibility are “transcultural writers,” which she defines as “Writers who have experienced a creative transpatriation process and thus express a transcultural orientation through their writing” (202). A literary nomad who has lived in France, England, the Soviet Union, the United States, South Africa, and Australia and is now based at the University of British Columbia, Dagnino offers herself as one such transcultural writer… The writers Dagnino celebrates defy the usual academic taxonomies based on nationality, language, and religion. They refuse to be subsumed under categories such as “American literature” or “German literature” or “Muslim literature.” The sole rubric they cannot transcend is the one that Dagnino has invented for them: “Transcultural Writer.” Until that irenic day when all embrace hybridity and fluidity, the category will remain useful and desirable.” (Steven G. Kellman)