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Bibliography

 Books on MG Vassanji's Works

1. Asma Sayed. M G Vassanji: Essays on His Work. Toronto: Guernica, 2014.

2. J K S Makokha. Reading M G Vassanji: A Contextual Approach to Asian African Fiction. Saarbrucken, Germany. VDM Verlag. 2009.

3. Cogent-Benger Productions The In-Between World of M G Vassanji. (film documentary) Toronto, 2006.

4. Martin Genetsch. The Texture of Identity. Toronto: TSAR, 2007. Discusses the work of Neil Bissoondath, Rohinton Mistry, and M G Vassanji.

 

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Steiner, Tina.
"'Dwelling-in-Travel.' Of Ships, Trains and Planes in M G Vassanji's Fiction." Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies. 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23277408.2014.941754 

Wiersema, Robert J
"The past is ever present in MG Vassanji's latest novel"
in: The Globe and Mail 2012 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/the-past-is-ever-present-in-mg-vassanjis-latest-novel/article4591699/

Barber, John
"MG Vassanji: Seeking identity while dodging pigeonholes"
in: The Globe and Mail 2012 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/mg-vassanji-seeking-identity-while-dodging-pigeonholes/article4686245/

 Desai, Gaurav.
"'Ambiguity is the driving force or the nuclear reaction behind my creativity': An E-conversation with M. G. Vassanji."
Research in African Literatures (RAL) 2011 Fall; 42(3): 187

Jones, Stephanie
“The Politics of Love and History: Asian Women and African Men in East African Literature”
Research in African Literatures (RAL) 2011 Fall; 42 (3): 166-188.

Ramsey-Kurz, Helga
“Glimpses of Paradise: Hope in Short Stories of Migration by M. G. Vassanji, Cyril Dabydeen, and Janette Turner Hospital”
in: Ramsey-Kurz, Helga (ed. and introd.); Ganapathy-Doré, Geetha (ed.); Projections of Paradise: Ideal Elsewheres in Postcolonial Migrant Literature. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi; 2011.

Iyer, Nalini
“No Place to Call Home: Citizenship and Belonging in M. G. Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall”
in: Wawrzinek, Jennifer (ed.); Makokha, J. K. S. (ed. and introd.); Gikandi, Simon (foreword); Negotiating Afropolitanism: Essays on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Folklore.Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi; 2011.

Fu, Chun
“The (Im-)Possibility of Backtracking in M. G. Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall”
in: Christian, Rita (ed. and introd.); Misrahi-Barak, Judith (ed. and introd.); India and the Diasporic Imagination/L'Inde et l'imagination diasporique. Montpellier, France; PU de la Méditerranée; 2011

Ojwang, Dan
“Eat Pig and Become a Beast: Food, Drink and Diaspora in East African Indian Writing”
Research in African Literatures (RAL) 2011 Fall; 42 (3): 68-87.

Makokha, Justus K. Siboe
“The Eternal Other: The Authority of Deficit Masculinity in Asian-African Literature”
in: Ouzgane, Lahoucine (ed. and introd.); Men in African Film & Fiction. Woodbridge, England; Currey; 2011. (x, 180 pp.)

Simatei, Peter
“Diasporic Memories and National Histories in East African Asian Writing”
Research in African Literatures (RAL) 2011 Fall; 42 (3): 56-67.

Siundu, Godwin
“Locating Cultural Ambivalence and Afropolitanism: Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam as Heterotopia in the Fiction of Dawood and Vassanji”
in: Wawrzinek, Jennifer (ed.); Makokha, J. K. S. (ed. and introd.); Gikandi, Simon (foreword); Negotiating Afropolitanism: Essays on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Folklore.Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi; 2011.

Kalliney, Peter J.
“East African Literature and the Politics of Global Reading”
in: Connell, Liam (ed. and introd.); Nicky Marsh (ed. and introd.); Literature and Globalization: A Reader. London, England; Routledge; 2011.

Mirmotahari, Emad
“Islam in the Eastern African Novel”
New York, NY; Palgrave Macmillan; 2011.

Simatei, Peter
“Hybrid Identities and Cultural Pluralism in East African Asian Writing”
in: Singh, Jaspal K. (ed. and introd.); Chetty, Rajendra (ed. and introd.); Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas. New York, NY; Peter Lang; 2010

Sheela, C. Amutha Charu Sundarsingh, J.
“Style and Language in M. G. Vassanji's The Assassin's Song.”
Language in India; Jan 2010, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p316-325,

Gifford, James
“Vassanji's Toronto and Durrell's Alexandria: The View from Across or the View from Beside?”
in: Singh, Jaspal K. (ed. and introd.); Chetty, Rajendra (ed. and introd.); Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas. New York, NY; Peter Lang; 2010.

Kalliney, Peter
“East African Fiction and Globalization”
Desai, Gaurav (ed. and introd.); Teaching the African Novel. New York, NY; Modern Language Association of America; 2009

Nesbitt, L.
“Postcolonial Void: Achebe, Vassanji, Wa Thiongó”
in: Smith, C. (ed. and introd.); Emezue, G. M. T. (ed. and introd.); New Black & African Writing: A Critical Anthology: Vol. 1. Enugu, Nigeria; Handel; 2009.

Gifford, James
“Vassanji's Toronto and Durrell's Alexandria: The View from Across or the View from Beside?”
Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (JCPSt) 2008 Fall; 15 (2): 28-43

Siundu, Godwin
“Imagining Manhoods: Voyeurism and Masculine Anxieties in East African Asian Fiction”
Kohlke, Marie-Luise (ed. and introd.); Orza, Luisa (ed. and introd.); Negotiating Sexual Idioms: Image, Text, Performance. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi; 2008.

Genetsch, Martin
“Race and Racism in Contemporary Canadian Fiction: M. G. Vassanji's No New Land”
in: Mohr, Dunja M. (ed. and introd.); Embracing the Other: Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi; 2008.

Ascanio, María Jesús Llarena
“'The Nature of My Belongingness': Diaspora in M. G. Vassanji and the South Asian Novel in Canada”
Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (RCEI) 2008; 56: 27-42

Kalliney, Peter
“East African Literature and the Politics of Global Reading”
Research in African Literatures (RAL) 2008 Spring; 39 (1): 1-23.

Ball, John Clement
“M. G. Vassanji”
in: Riegel, Christian (ed. and introd.); Twenty-First-Century Canadian Writers. Detroit, MI; Thomson Gale; 2007.

Kral, Françoise
“The Resilient Opacity of Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall”
Commonwealth Essays and Studies (CE&S) 2007 Autumn; 30 (1): 61-72.

Alexander, Vera ; Helff, Sissy
“The Politics of Shifting Boundaries in Moyez G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack and Farida Karodia's Other Secrets”
in: Arndt, Susan (ed., prologue, and introd.); Spitczok von Brisinski, Marek (ed. and prologue); Africa, Europe, and (Post)Colonialism: Racism, Migration and Disapora in African Literatures. Bayreuth, Germany; Bayreuth University; 2006.

Mohapatra, Ashok K.
“The Paradox of Return: Origins, Home and Identity in M.G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack”
Postcolonial Text (PostcolonialT) 2006; 2 (4):

Steiner, Tina
'The Pull Between Old and New Communities in M G Vassanji's Novels of Migration No New Land (1991) and Amrika (1999)
in: Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 2005; 32 (3-4)

Salaye, Narvadha
“Identity Construction of South-Asian Immigrant Experience in Vassanji's No New Land”
in: Rimstead, Roxanne (ed. and preface); Ariss, Michelle (ed. and notes); Gilbert, Simon (ed. and notes); O'Connor, Suzanne (ed. and notes); Beyond Comparison/Au-delà des comparaisons. Baldwin Mills, QC; Topeda Hill; 2005.

Woods, Tim
“Memory, Geography, Identity: African Writing and Modernity”
in: Brooker, Peter (ed.); Thacker, Andrew (ed.); Geographies of Modernism: Literatures, Cultures, Spaces. New York, NY; Routledge; 2005.

Mandal, Somdatta
“African, Indian, and/or Canadian?: Locating M. G. Vassanji in Contemporary Diasporic Writing”
Journal of the Department of English (Calcutta, India) (JDECU) 2005-2006;

Cumyn, Joanna
“Reconfiguring the Nation: Intercultural Textuality and M. G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets”
in: Rimstead, Roxanne (ed. and preface); Ariss, Michelle (ed. and notes); Gilbert, Simon (ed. and notes); O'Connor, Suzanne (ed. and notes); Beyond Comparison/Au-delà des comparaisons. Baldwin Mills, QC; Topeda Hill; 2005.

Simatei, Peter
“The Migrant Experience in East African Asian Writing”
Commonwealth Essays and Studies (CE&S) 2004 Spring; 26 (2): 17-25.

Simatei, Peter
“La Question asiatique: Peter Nazareth et Moyez Vassanji, deux romanciers en exil”
Notre Librairie: Revue des Littératures du Sud (NLibR) 2003 Oct-Dec; 152: 70-74.

Pandurang, Mala
“The East African Asian Dukawallah and Narratives of Self-Discovery”
in: Białas, Zbigniew (ed. and introd.); Kowalczyk-Twarowski, Krzysztof (ed. and introd.); Ebony, Ivory & Tea. Katowice, Poland; Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego; 2004.

Cooper, Brenda
“A Gunny Sack, Chants and Jingles, a Fan and a Black Trunk: The Coded Language of the Everyday in a Post-Colonial African Novel: M. G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack”
Africa Quarterly 2004 Nov; 44 (3): 12-31.

Alexander, Vera
“Postponed Arrivals: The Afro-Asian Diaspora in M. G. Vassanji's No New Land”
in: Fludernik, Monika (ed. and introd.); Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi; 2003.

Huttunen, Tuomas
“M. G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack: Emplotting British, Asian and African Realities”
Atlantic Literary Review (AtlanticLR) 2002 Apr-June; 3 (2): 56-76.

Delbaere, Jeanne
“Re-Configuring the Postcolonial Paradigm: The Fiction of M. G. Vassanji”
in: Maufort, Marc (ed. and introd.); Bellarsi, Franca (ed.); Reconfigurations: Canadian Literatures and Postcolonial Identities/Littératures canadiennes et identités postcoloniales. Brussels, Belgium; Peter Lang; 2002.

Burke, Nancy
“Mixing Memory and Desire: M. G. Vassanji and the South Asian Novel in Canada”
in: Kuester, Martin (ed. and introd.); Keller, Wolfram R. (ed. and introd.); Writing Canadians: The Literary Construction of Ethnic Identities. Marburg, Germany; Universitätsbibliothek Marburg; 2002.

Lindeman, Yehudi
“Old for New: Narratives of Changing Identity in Three 'New' Canadian Authors”
in: Schaub, Danielle (ed. and introd.); Verduyn, Christl (ed. and introd.); Identity, Community, Nation: Essays on Canadian Writing. Jerusalem, Israel; Magnes; 2002.

Ojwang, Dan Odhiambo
“Between Ancestries and Amarapurs: Immigrant Asianness in M. G. Vassanji's Fiction”
in: Kossew, Sue (ed.); Schwerdt, Dianne (ed.); Re-Imagining Africa: New Critical Perspectives. Hauppauge, NY; Nova Science; 2001.

Davis, Rocío G.
“Negotiating Place/Re-Creating Home: Short-Story Cycles by Naipaul, Mistry, and Vassanji”
in: Bardolph, Jacqueline (ed.); Telling Stories: Postcolonial Short Fiction in English. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi; 2001.

Ojwang, Dan Odhiambo
“The Pleasures of Knowing: Images of 'Africans' in East African Asian Literature”
English Studies in Africa: A Journal of the Humanities (ESA) 2000; 43 (1): 43-64.

Malak, Amin
“The Empire Reads Back: M. G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets”
International Journal of Arabic-English Studies 2000 June; 1 (1): 175-83.

Huttunen, Tuomas
“M. G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack: Narrating the Migrant Identity”
in: Skinner, John (ed. and preface); Tales of Two Cities: Essays on New Anglophone Literature. Turku, Finland; University of Turku; 2000.

Simatei, Peter
“Voyaging on the Mists of Memory: M. G. Vassanji and the Asian Quest/ion in East Africa.”
English Studies in Africa: A Journal of the Humanities (ESA) 2000; 43 (1): 29-42.

Monson, Jamie
“Moyez G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack”
in: Hay, Margaret Jean (ed. and introd.); African Novels in the Classroom. Boulder, CO; Rienner; 2000

Simatei, P.
“Voyaging on the Mists of Memory: M. G. Vassanji and the Asian Quest/ion in East Africa”
ENGLISH STUDIES IN AFRICA; 2000, 43(PART 1):29-42

Davis, Rocío G.
“Negotiating Place: Identity and Community in M. G. Vassanji's Uhuru Street”
ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (ArielE) 1999 July; 30 (3): 7-25.

Lewis, Simon
“'Impossible Domestic Situations': Questions of Identity and Nationalism in the Novels of Abdulrazak Gurnah and M. G. Vassanji”
Thamyris: Mythmaking from Past to Present (Thamyris) 1999 Autumn; 6 (2): 215-29.

Ball, John Clement
“Locating M. G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets: Postmodern, Postcolonial, or Other-Wise?”
in: Aziz, Nurjehan (ed. and foreword); Floating the Borders: New Contexts in Canadian Criticism. Toronto, ON; TSAR; 1999.

Rhodes, Shane
“Frontier Fiction: Reading Books in M. G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets”
ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (ArielE) 1998 Jan; 29 (1): 179-93.

Ball, John Clement
“M. G. Vassanji”
in: Daurio, Beverley (ed., foreword and afterword); Davey, Frank (afterword); The Power to Bend Spoons: Interviews with Canadian Novelists. Toronto, ON; Mercury; 1998.

Romić, Biljana
“M. G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets or the Art of Intricate Spatial Interplay”
in: Schaub, Danielle (ed. and introd.); Mapping Canadian Cultural Space: Essays on Canadian Literature. Jerusalem, Israel; Magnes; 1998.

Jones, Stephanie
“Within and without History: The Book of Secrets”
in: Ganguly, Debjani (ed. and introd.); Nandan, Kavita (ed.); Unfinished Journeys: India File from Canberra. Adelaide, Australia; CRNLE; 1998.

Bardolph, Jacqueline
“'M. G. Vassanji's Uhuru Street: A Short Story Sequence by a Canadian African Asian”
Journal of the Short Story in English (JSSE) 1995 Spring; 24: 82-93.

De Mel, Neloufer
“Mediating Origins: Moyez Vassanji and the Discursivities of Migrant Identity
in Gurnah, Abdulrazak (ed. and introd.); Essays on African Writing 2: Contemporary Literature. Oxford, England; Heinemann; 1995.

George, Rosemary Marangoly
“Traveling Light: Immigration and Invisible Suitcases in M. G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack”
in: Singh, Amritjit (ed.); Skerrett, Joseph T., Jr. (ed.); Hogan, Robert E. (ed.); Memory, Narrative, and Identity: New Essays in Ethnic American Literatures. Boston; Northeastern UP; 1994.

Malak, Amin
“Ambivalent Affiliations and the Postcolonial Condition: The Fiction of M. G. Vassanji”
World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma (WLT) 1993 Spring; 67 (2): 277-82.

Sarvan, Charles Ponnuthurai
“M. G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack: A Reflection on History and the Novel”
MFS: Modern Fiction Studies (MFS) 1991 Autumn; 37 (3): 511-18.

Nazareth, Peter
“The First Tanzan/Asian Novel”
Research in African Literatures (RAL) 1990 Winter; 21 (4): 129-133.