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date: 22 July 2019

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This chapter considers almost three decades of fiction produced by writers of South Asian origin, from Rohinton Mistry’s short story collection Tales from Firozsha Baag (1987), to more recent works such as Anita Rau Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? (2011). This chapter argues that South Asian Canadian literature calls for a new set of reading practices, which not only acknowledges the hundred-year presence of South Asian settlement in Canada, but also moves beyond the delineating geographies of earlier assessments, alternately reading these works as new critical mappings of Canada itself. Authors examined in this chapter are Anita Rau Badami, Farzana Doctor, Tariq Malik, Shani Mootoo, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje, Shyam Selvadurai, and M.G. Vassanji.

Keywords: South Asian Canadian literature, Anita Rau Badami, Shani Mootoo, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Ondaatje, M.G. Vassanji

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