New book publication by Suzanne Choo : Cross-Worlds: Short Stories on Global Themes

New book publication by Suzanne Choo : Cross-Worlds: Short Stories on Global Themes

Date
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

New book publication by Suzanne Choo : Cross-Worlds: Short Stories on Global Themes

Our twenty-first century is marked by a prevalent consciousness of ourselves as part of a global community. Transnational mobility of capital, people, products, and technology has served to intensify a sense of interconnectedness among people from diverse and disparate locations around the world. The challenge then is how we can seek to understand the complexities and nuances of our globalised world. It is here that literature provides powerful insights into the lives of individuals as they grapple with globalization and its effects arising from cross-border movements of tourists, refugees, asylum seekers, cross-cultural clashes and mixings, and political cross-fires among nations.   

This anthology features ten short stories written by internationally acclaimed writers around the world, including Chimamanda Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, Ken Liu, Bharati Mukherjee, Madhuri Vijay and Wena Poon among others. The stories are set in diverse settings – from Singapore to Canada, China, India, Nigeria, South Africa, the United States – and deal with global issues such as terrorism, the plight of asylum seekers and refugees, immigrant experiences, modern-day slavery and the effects of capitalism. It is hoped that these stories will prompt deeper, more empathetic, and layered connections with multiple others in our world.

About the Editor

Suzanne Choo is Assistant Professor at the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her primary interest is in the area of English education particularly in relation to globalization and cosmopolitanism. Her book Reading the world, the globe, and the cosmos: Approaches to teaching literature for the twenty-first century was awarded the 2014 Critics Choice Book Award by the American Educational Studies Association.

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