A Country Without Borders


Poems and Stories of Kashmir
by Lalita Pandit Hogan
with an Introduction by Frederick Luis Aldama
NOV. 2017 | ISBN: 978-1-940939-58-2 (eBook)
LCCN: 2016951238



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A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS, POEMS AND STORIES OF KASHMIR is the debut collection of Lalita Pandit Hogan, an expatriate Kashmiri scholar and poet who shares with readers the loss of identity and home, culture, migration, womanhood, otherness and exile. Blooming with intense lyricism and fertile imagery, these full-blooded poems are elegant, mythic, and intricately woven, evoking a home no longer accessible. A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS is an invaluable collection for all who are interested in cultural remembrance and meditations that reflect postcolonial poetry, and to students reading South Asian literature and culture.

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LALITA PANDIT HOGAN is an expatriate Kashmiri scholar and poet. She is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, and affiliate faculty of the South Asia Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hogan is co-editor and contributing author for three scholarly books, including Rabindranath Tagore: Universality and Tradition (2002), as well as three special issues of journals, and the author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Her poetry and fiction have appeared online and in print outlets in English, as well as in Hindi. A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS, POEMS AND STORIES OF KASHMIR is Hogan’s debut collection of poetry.


FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English. He teaches Latino/a and Latin American post-colonial literature, film, and comics, as well as narrative theory and cognitive science approaches to culture. Aldama is also an award-winning author and editor of nineteen books, and has published numerous articles. He also co-edits the series “World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction,” “Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture” and “Global Latin/o Studies.” He is sole editor of several book series, including “Latino & Latin American Profiles” and “Latino Pop Culture.” He is also founder and director of LASER: Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research, was selected as a 2015 Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He sits on the board of journals such as Narrative, the Journal of Narrative Theory, the “Americas” book series, and the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.

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In grieving poetry and eloquent prose Lalita Pandit Hogan explores the mind of Hindu Kashmiri exile. Her lines have the specificity of a place and time exactly registered. Her issues and questions throb with vital reference to present global issues and challenges. In A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS, Hogan shares the look and feel of Kashmir before the cut of partition, the stop of borders: her grandmother’s sun worship in the morning, domestic life in a solid four story house in Kulgam, area bridges and tunnels freely traversed. An expatriate Hindu Kashmiri patriotism speaks in Hogan’s text, but the poetic intelligence is that of Anglo-American transnationality, ironic, alienated. I’m constantly thinking of William Faulkner as I read this book. Hogan is also a Wisconsin writer. She knows her way into Wisconsin Gothic. “It is midnight / In Spring Green, Wisconsin.” Every now and then in this marvelous narrative of a Hindu Kashmiri American life, Hogan reminds us she is a citizen of southwestern Wisconsin. Her river is no longer the Indus. It is the Mississippi.

—Neil Schmitz
Professor of English, University at Buffalo

It is the enigma of having lived in too many places and not being able to call any place home. . . . It makes one’s mind a country without borders.” In these stories and poems, the author enlists dreams, myths, family stories, and her own memories to resurrect the lush Kashmir of her youth, a place of saffron flowers and fruit trees, wedding parties and mountain shrines, pink tea and “salt bread with fennel and sesame seeds.” Then war with all its horrors, then the twin sadness of mourning and exile, “pounding the concrete of foreign streets.” A COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS is a remarkable testament, not only to one people’s experience, but to all who walk with ghosts.

—Dr. John Roche, Associate Professor of English,
Rochester Institute of Technology
author of Road Ghost (2010) and Topicalities (2008)


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