Survival Media: The Politics and Poetics of Mobility and the by Suvendrini Perera (auth.)

By Suvendrini Perera (auth.)

Drawing on various expressive kinds and acts - the events of refugee boats, the poetics of hip-hop, narratives of atrocity and survival - this booklet develops the concept that of 'survival media' although the tales and mobilities of the thirty-year struggle in Sri Lanka. relocating among the hip-hop of M.I.A. and Human Rights experiences, satellite tv for pc maps and survivor stories, it exhibits how this battle in a small state can also be enmeshed with severe international matters equivalent to the consequences of the warfare on terror, the formations of diasporic identities and the hardening politics of borders.

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In this sense, it is a state that speaks not only of vacancy and loss, but also of participation or engagement, through both presence and absence, in more than one location. The grim events of the war’s end in Lanka form part of a much older, continuing, asymmetrical narrative of terror and mass slaughter where violence piles upon violence, a lethal accumulation of historical acts that continues to ramify and repeat through ever-widening circles of reception, in the type of deadly exchange that Robert Young describes as a ‘dialectic without transcendence’: First, there is the act, which achieves impact, destruction, maiming, death.

Do wish me that I would be given that chance. (Shobasakthi 2012) In search of ‘the Tamil diaspora’ In the literature on diasporas shaped by war, diaspora Lankan Tamils are seen as distinctive in the level of influence they brought to bear on the conduct and duration of the war. Their financial and moral support was critical for the LTTE at certain stages of the war, as was the domestic political pressure they managed to exert in their new homes in North America and Europe. Less clearly understood, however, are the internal fractures and divisions that also characterised diaspora Tamils from the outset.

These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree. The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours. S. S. Eliot that I had hated, but not forgotten, since the days I first read it in the tin shed, hastily slapped down in the middle of a former coconut estate, that served as the English department of our branch of the University of Sri Lanka. My friend emailed back immediately, also surprised: ‘I had not thought Eliot could be so evocative’. Think now History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, Guides us by vanities.

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