Diaspora literature: An overview

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Diaspora—“scattering” in Greek—refers to the dispersion of people from their homeland.  Diaspora literature refers to works written by authors living outside their native land, with the term identifying the work’s distinct geographic origins.  Also known as expatriate literature, it’s rooted in a sense of loss as well as alienation, emerging from migration and expatriation.

Diaspora literature centers on displacement, whether it’s forced or self-imposed, and the way the changed atmosphere spells a calamity, sense of alienation and displacement, nostalgia, existential rootlessness, and a quest of identity for the writer.  It integrates experiences whether the immigrant is a laborer, refugee, exile, or guest worker overseas.

There are a number of known diaspora writers around the world.  Ahad Ha-am is a Russian writer who immigrated to England in 1906 and lived there until 1921, with his writings concerned with the issues hounding the Jewish peoples dispersed throughout the world.  Salman Rushdie is a British novelist of Indian descent, with notable works such as The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children.  Jhumpa Lahiri hasn’t lived anywhere but America, but her fictional landscape is still partly molded by India.

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The Bible itself is replete with diaspora writing, such as the story of Joseph and his story of survival outside his homeland, as well as the book of Job that was likely written in the wake of the Babylonian destruction.

Diaspora writing tackles a wide range of topics but typically touches on multicultural identities, or how the writer recognizes herself through projections of “otherness”; hybridity, in which an individual’s physical and cultural self can be two separate halves of the same whole; and historical understanding, including the relationship between diverse people and the emotions handled by a migrant community.

John Eilermann from St. Louis, Missouri is a student of comparative literature.  Growing up, he fell in love with literature beginning with works of Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, and other authors of their time.  Learn more about literature on this website.


The world’s most popular soccer leagues

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Soccer, or commonly referred to as football in many countries, is one the most-played sports in the entire world.  If you are interested in watching the sport, be sure to tune in to these soccer leagues:


English Premier League

The Premier League is the top level of the football league system in England, and it has some of the most famous soccer clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, and more.  The matches have high stakes and the stadiums are always filled with some of the best sports fans.  Viewers can hear the buzz of the cheering crowd as they watch Premier League games through the television or other digital media.

Spanish La Liga

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The top Spanish football league is home to one of the fiercest sports rivalries.  Matches between La Liga powerhouses Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are among the most viewed sporting events, and it even has its own name – “El Clasico.”  If only more La Liga clubs were competitive, the league would have a bigger following.

German Bundesliga

Bundesliga is younger than the more established leagues in other countries, having been formed in 1963, but it already has a solid fan base.  The league is very fan-orientated since it is not in the clubs’ culture to raise ticket prices.  The number of season tickets is also limited adding to the excitement.  An average of more than 40,000 spectators go to the games, making it the soccer league with the highest average attendance.

John Eilermann here, a sports enthusiast who supports the German football club Hannover 96.  See more discussions about sports by visiting this website.