Building Babel – Book

Series nameProse

The ten images in this item depict Suniti Namjoshi’s innovative book, ‘Building Babel’. The book was published in 1996 by Spinifex Press in Australia. In Namjoshi’s Babel, the roles of time, memory and death (Crone Kronos, Madame Mem and Death) in the process of building culture are explored. The concern is with process and the way in which cultural fragments or ‘memes’ e.g. Little Red, Snow White, Queen Alice, and Cinders, mutate. In this book the author invites readers to contribute to the building of Babel through a specially designed website at the digitised images include the front cover, contents pages and a three-page extract from the body of the text.

Date of Creation / Publication1996
CreatorNamjoshi, Suniti
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberSuniti Namjoshi Collection (GB 2661 SN)
Catalogue NumberSN/PR/4
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Suniti Namjoshi and at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, Canada .
Series notesThis grouping of digitised material reflects Namjoshi's published prose and fables. The items include unused hand-drawn illustrations from her book The Conversations of Cow, and extracts from several prose publications.
Collection notesThe digitised material in the Suniti Namjoshi Collection features extracts of several published books, including poetry novels and fables. It also includes black and white family photographs and pencil drawings of (unused) illustrations for her novel 'The Conversations of Cow', as well as an extract of an interview transcript.