Voices and Silences: Narratives of Girmitiyas and Jahajis from Fiji and the Caribbean (Hardcover)

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Voices and Silences: Narratives of Girmitiyas and Jahajis from Fiji and the Caribbean (Hardcover)

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Indian indentured emigration is among the most notable social phenomena of modern history, which sent over one million men and women to tropical sugar colonies in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Indenture began in the 1830s and lasted till 1920; a period which finds little or no mention either in history textbooks or in literature. This book takes a closer look at some of the important narratives on indenture and evaluates them in order to highlight the experience of the indentured people across the plantation colonies in Fiji and in the Caribbean. The story of indenture is the story of betrayal, of trauma and of resistance. It is also a narrative of resilience, assimilation and acculturation. This book offers an in-depth literary study to reveal that there exists a language of indenture, one that permeates all the texts written on the subject. The texts speak to, and for each other, thereby revealing the indenture experience to the reader.

Anjali Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India. She has a PhD in English and has travelled widely, presenting research papers in Australia and Fiji.
Product Details ISBN: 9781032377049
ISBN-10: 1032377046
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 6th, 2022
Pages: 216
Language: English