Diasporas of the Mind, written by Professor Bryan Cheyette, has been chosen as a book of the year by the Times Higher.
Robert Eaglestone, Professor of contemporary literature and thought, Royal Holloway, University of London wrote:
Somewhere between pleasure and duty I read (nearly) all the Man Booker longlist: a really good year. Uncontroversially, I thought that the jury was right. Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (Granta) is clever and demanding, deeply interesting and ultimately rather moving. Two academic books both sought “similarities in dissimilars”, as Aristotle has it. Bryan Cheyette’s Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale University Press) elegantly weaves together Jewish and postcolonial writers and thinkers to make new and unexpected links and illuminations. Finding ideas about cultural trauma too rooted in Europe and North America, Stef Craps’ Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan) seeks to critique and transform our understandings of suffering by using a wider, global perspective.