Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women s Fiction

This book is the first comparative analysis of a new generation of diasporic Anglophone South Asian women novelists including Kiran Desai, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri from a feminist perspective.

Author: Ruvani Ranasinha

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137403056

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book is the first comparative analysis of a new generation of diasporic Anglophone South Asian women novelists including Kiran Desai, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri from a feminist perspective. It charts the significant changes these writers have produced in postcolonial and contemporary women’s fiction since the late 1990s. Paying careful attention to the authors’ distinct subcontinental backgrounds of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – as well as India - this study destabilises the central place given to fiction focused on India. It broadens the customary focus on diasporic writers’ metropolitan contexts, illuminates how these transnational, female-authored literary texts challenge national assumptions and considers the ways in which this new configuration of transnational, feminist writers produces a postcolonial feminist discourse, which differs from Anglo-American feminism.
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Diaspora Poetics and Homing in South Asian Women s Writing

Domicile and diaspora: Anglo-Indian women and the spatial politics of home. ... Global South Asians: introducing the modern diaspora. ... Contemporary diasporic South Asian women's fiction: gender, narration and globalisation.

Author: Shilpa Daithota Bhat

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498577632

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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This book looks at women writers from the South Asian region who negotiate Home from the vantage point of in-between space—defined through the mythical concept of Trishanku and the frameworks of migration, historical consciousness, colonialism, interracial experiences, fragmented memories, nostalgia, and hyphenated identities.
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Narrative Performances of Mothering in South Asian Diasporic Fiction

London: The Women's Press, 1993. ... Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture: Contemporary Women Writers of the Indian and Afro-Italian Diaspora. ... Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation.

Author: Sarah Knor

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000824704

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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Examining a range of South Asian Anglophone diasporic fiction and poetry, this monograph opens a new dialogue between diaspora studies and gender studies. It shows how discourses of diaspora benefit from re-examining their own critical relation to concepts of the maternal and the motherland. Rather than considering maternity as a fixed or naturally given category, it challenges essentialist conceptions and explores mothering as a performative practice which actively produces discursive meaning. This innovative approach also involves an investigation of central metaphors in nationalist and diasporic rhetorics, bringing critical attention to the strategies they employ and the unique aesthetic forms they produce.
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Diasporic Inquiries into South Asian Women s Narratives

Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms. ... Modern Asian Studies 43(2): 571–90. doi:10.1017/S0026749X07003058. ... Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction Gender, Narration and Globalisation.

Author: Shilpa Daithota Bhat

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498591775

Category: Literary Criticism

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The South Asian women’s diaspora engages in spatio-temporal interactions and power differentials in a variety of narratives, articulating agency, multiplicities of belonging and culturally integrative practices, highlighting homing paradigms. The sense of alienness in a new homeland, rather in worldwide home places, triggers rethinking of diasporic conceptions and epistemes of individual and group histories, personal and collective experiences. Some of the questions that this anthology seeks to consider are: How do women from the South Asian diaspora represent cultural negotiations and alienness of the adopted homeland in various narratives? What are the themes/issues they select to portray their perceptions of foreignness? How do culture, history and politics intervene in their portrayal of lived experiences? How do they locate themselves in the matrix of foreignness and diaspora? The contributors to this anthology examine narratives depicting South Asian women, their complexly positioned voices, gesturing at the proliferating challenges and reflecting the grim realities of a globalized world.
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Fashion Dress and Identity in South Asian Diaspora Narratives

Fashioning the South Asian Diaspora: Production and Consumption Tales. In South Asian Women in the Diaspora, ed. Nirmal Puwar and Parvati ... Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalization ...

Author: Noemí Pereira-Ares

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319613970

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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This book is the first book-length study to explore the sartorial politics of identity in the literature of the South Asian diaspora in Britain. Using fashion and dress as the main focus of analysis, and linking them with a myriad of identity concerns, the book takes the reader on a journey from the eighteenth century to the new millennium, from early travel account by South Asian writers to contemporary British-Asian fictions. Besides sartorial readings of other key authors and texts, the book provides an in-depth exploration of Kamala Markandaya’s The Nowhere Man (1972), Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), Meera Syal’s Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999) and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003).This work examines what an analysis of dress contributes to the interpretation of the featured texts, their contexts and identity politics, but it also considers what literature has added to past and present discussions on the South Asian dressed body in Br itain. Endowed with an interdisciplinary emphasis, the book is of interest to students and academics in a variety of fields, including literary criticism, socio-cultural studies and fashion theory.
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Writing Lives Rewriting Times Mapping Womens Responses from South Asia

Ruvani Ranasinha's Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction (2016) is a recent addition to the study of South Asian diaspora and migration issues from the perspectives of globalisation, postcolonial feminism, ...

Author: Seetha Vijayakumar Jyothy C R Editors

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

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Category: Travel

Page: 131

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Women's writing from South Asia is incredibly diverse; it maps the geographical, cultural, and social hybridity of their respective countries. These authors have not only 'created ' their own lives, but also have attempted to 'rewrite' the historical time. 'Writing Lives, Rewriting Times: Mapping Women's Responses from South Asia' has ten essays on writers such as Jamila Hashmi, Amrita Pritam, Shashi Deshpande, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tehmina Durrani, Ambai, K R Meera, Sujatha Gidla, Chaoba Phuritshabam, Shreema Ningobam, and Soibam Haripriya. The nature of homosexual desire in the film Margharita with a straw, as well as the role of food as an emotional anchor for diasporic communities in women's food memoirs such as Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India, Tiffin, and Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir, are also explored in this volume.
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The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing

JAMES PROCTER is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University. ... Her most recent monograph is Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation (2016).

Author: Susheila Nasta

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108169004

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing provides a comprehensive historical overview of the diverse literary traditions impacting on this field's evolution, from the eighteenth century to the present. Drawing on the expertise of over forty international experts, this book gathers innovative scholarship to look forward to new readings and perspectives, while also focusing on undervalued writers, texts, and research areas. Creating new pathways to engage with the naming of a field that has often been contested, readings of literary texts are interwoven throughout with key political, social, and material contexts. In making visible the diverse influences constituting past and contemporary British literary culture, this Cambridge History makes a unique contribution to British, Commonwealth, postcolonial, transnational, diasporic, and global literary studies, serving both as one of the first major reference works to cover four centuries of black and Asian British literary history and as a compass for future scholarship.
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Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers

Desert in Bloom: Contemporary Indian Women's Fiction in English. ... Women and the Nation's Narrative: Gender and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka. ... Writing Diaspora: South Asian Women, Culture, and Ethnicity.

Author: Deepika Bahri

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 9781603294911

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 223

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Global and cosmopolitan since the late nineteenth century, anglophone South Asian women's writing has flourished in many genres and locations, encompassing diverse works linked by issues of language, geography, history, culture, gender, and literary tradition. Whether writing in the homeland or in the diaspora, authors offer representations of social struggle and inequality while articulating possibilities for resistance. In this volume experienced instructors attend to the style and aesthetics of the texts as well as provide necessary background for students. Essays address historical and political contexts, including colonialism, partition, migration, ecological concerns, and evolving gender roles, and consider both traditional and contemporary genres such as graphic novels, chick lit, and Instapoetry. Presenting ideas for courses in Asian studies, women's studies, postcolonial literature, and world literature, this book asks broadly what it means to study anglophone South Asian women's writing in the United States, in Asia, and around the world.
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Literature and the War on Terror

Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration, and Globalisation. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Rivers, Patrick Lynn. Governing Hate and Race in the United States and South Africa. State University of New York Press, ...

Author: Sk Sagir Ali

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000829709

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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This book examines cultural imaginations post 9/11. It explores the idea of a religious community and its multifaceted representations in literature and popular culture. The essays in the volume focus on the role of literature, film, music, television shows and other cultural forms in opening up spaces for complex reflections on identities and cultures, and how they enable us to rethink the ‘trauma of familiarity’, post-traumatic heterotopias, religious extremism and the idea of the ‘neighbour’ in post-9/11 literary and cultural imagination. The volume also probes the intersections of religion, popular media, televised simulacrum and digital martyrdom in the wake of 9/11. It also probes the simulation of new- age media images with reference to the creation and dissemination of ‘martyrs’, the languages of grief, religionisation of terrorism, islamophobia, religious stereotypes and the reading of comics in writing the terror. An essential read, the book reclaims and reinterprets the alternative to a Eurocentric/Americentric understanding of cultural and geopolitical structures of global designs. It will be of great interest to researchers of literature and cultural studies, media studies, politics, film studies and South Asian studies.
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Bridges Borders and Bodies

Transgressive Transculturality in Contemporary South Asian Diasporic Women's Novels Christine Vogt-William. 11 12 of South Asian diasporic experience. It was conceived as a literary forum for women who would not normally engage with ...

Author: Christine Vogt-William

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443868433

Category: Literary Criticism

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South Asian diasporas can be considered transcultural legacies of colonialism, while constituting transcultural forms of postcolonial reality in today’s globalised world. The main focus of investigation here is South Asian women’s fiction, where diverse forms of identity negotiation undertaken by the protagonists in a number of contemporary novels (from the 1990s to the early 2000s) are read as transgressions. The themes of early gendered experiences of South Asian indentured labour migration, female genealogies and transmissions of cultural heritages down female lines, as well as negotiations of patriarchal violence, are read using a framework culled from postcolonial and feminist criticism. The literary representations of South Asian diasporic female experience in these texts are forms of commentary and critique by contemporary South Asian diasporic women writers. Hence these novels can be viewed as feminist strategies of textual creativity with distinct political aims of presenting transformative narratives addressing the tensions of diaspora and patriarchy. This book is intended to contribute to the current spectrum of academic work being done in diaspora studies, in that it brings together the concepts of diaspora, transculturality, contemporary women’s writing and transnational feminist critical approaches to bear on South Asian women’s diasporic literature. Contrary to the celebratory notion of the concept in much theory, transculturality, as represented in these texts, is fraught with ambivalence.
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