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Diaspora and Diasporic Imagination

Peter Blouw

Published: 2010-06-08

This article explores the term 'diaspora' by comparing the ideas of Vijay Mishra and Edward Said with those of Avtah Brah and Bill Ashcroft and his co-authors. It ultimately suggests that the narrative construction of diasporic communities -the 'diasporic imagination'- is also in some sense fundamentally improvisational.

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace