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New heroines of the diaspora : reading gender identity in South Asian diasporic fiction

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dc.contributor.advisor Ryan, P.D.
dc.contributor.author Banerjee, Lopa
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-10T07:01:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-10T07:01:08Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06
dc.identifier.citation Banerjee, Lopa (2011) New heroines of the diaspora : reading gender identity in South Asian diasporic fiction, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4692> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4692
dc.description.abstract This thesis looks at literature by two South Asian, diasporic writers, Jhumpa Lahiri and Monica Ali, as a space where creative, cross-­cultural and independent identities for diasporic women might be created. The central claim of the thesis is that diasporic migration affects South Asian women in particular ways. The most positive outcome is that these women adopt new trans-­border identities but that these remain shaped by class, culture and gender. Hence a working class milieu such as the one depicted by Monica Ali, leads to an immigrant, ghetto-­ised, community-­based identity, located solely in the land of adoption, with return or travel to the homeland no longer possible. However, the milieu imagined in Jhumpa Lahiri’s text, a middle-class, suburban environment, creates a solitary, transnational identity, lived between countries, where travel between the land of birth and the land of adoption remains accessible. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (85 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Diaspora en
dc.subject Gender en
dc.subject England en
dc.subject Food and familiarity en
dc.subject Marriage and love en
dc.subject Immigrant en
dc.subject Women
dc.subject Cross-­cultural
dc.subject Agency and identity
dc.subject South Asian
dc.subject Working class
dc.subject Middle class
dc.subject USA
dc.subject Trans-border
dc.subject Homeland
dc.subject Adopted land
dc.subject Class
dc.subject Home and exile
dc.subject Choice and voice
dc.subject Community
dc.subject.ddc 823.9954
dc.subject.lcsh South Asian literature (English)
dc.subject.lcsh Gender identity in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Women immigrants -- Fiction
dc.title New heroines of the diaspora : reading gender identity in South Asian diasporic fiction en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department English
dc.description.degree M.A. (English)


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