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Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts

Ajay K. Chaubey (Editor) Shilpa Daithota Bhat (Editor)

Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts offers varied perspectives on the literary works of women writers hailing from South Asia and living in different parts of the world. This volume deals with themes and issues represented by well-known and newer authors belonging to the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Diaspora literature produced by women is fascinating for its intriguing portrayal of life abroad. For South Asians experiencing cultural differences, adaptation to a new society, acculturation and hybridization processes; the situation can be extremely dissipating or exhilarating depending upon circumstances. This anthology attempts to map the journey of South Asians abroad through the examination of diaspora authors’ narratives. The articles seek to capture the diverse pictures gathered by women writers whose unique vision and understanding of international migration and life in foreign lands adds to the existing literature on the subject. The interviews in the volume bring fresh perspectives through the personal experiences of the authors like Chandani Lokugé and Manjushree Thapa. They share their knowledge, experience, their migration and exploitation in their home and hostland. They divulge their trauma of alienation, identity crises and gender discrimination and explore vistas that are revelatory. 

Contents: Introduction/Ajay K. Chaubey and Shilpa Daithota Bhat. I. iasporic Women Writers from India: Critiquing Transnationalism: 1. Interpreters of Transnationalism: South Asian American Women Writers/Christiane Schlote. 2. The Cultural Citizen in Bharati Mukherjee’s The Tree Bride/Monalisha Saikia and Rohini Mokashi-Punekar. 3. Outsider/Insider: Examining the Narratives of Ethnic Violence in Select Literary Works of Contemporary Women Writers from the North-East India/I. Watitula Longkumer and Nirmala Menon. 4. Nationhood, Identity and Violence in Easterine Kire’s Bitter Wormwood/Payel Ghosh. 5. Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss: Encounters with Neo-colonialism/Rositta Joseph Valiyamattam. II. Women Writers from Pakistani and Bangladeshi Diaspora: Contemporary Perspectives: 6. Opening Up New Spaces: Arrival Motif in Sidhwa’s An American Brat/Shirin Zubair. 7. Ethnic Identity and Multiculturalism in Bapsi Sidhwa’s The Crow Eaters/Moncy Mathew. 8. Language, Identity and Politics in Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses/Sonali Maurya. 9. Islamic Feminism in the Time of Terror: Reading Kamila Shamsie’s Offence: The Muslim Case/Sania Iqbal Hashmi. 10. Alienation and Acculturation in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane/Sidney Shirly. III. Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Bhutanese Diaspora: An Overview: 11. Fragmented Ethnic Identities of Individual Women: Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of a Thousand Mirrors/Shashikala Muthumal Assella. 12 .Postcolonial Tourism and Gender Politics: Sri Lankan Beach Culture in Chandani Lokugé’s Turtle Nest/Pallabee Dasgupta. 13. Revisiting Generational Dilemmas: A Critique of Roma Tearne’s Bone China/Tamasha Acharya. 14. Women’s Consciousness and Agency in Manjushree Thapa’s Tilled Earth/Khagendra Acharya. 15. Home, Belonging and Diaspora: Manjushree Thapa’s Seasons of Flight and Nepali Identity Conflated with Indianness/Khem Guragain. 16. Resisting Patriarchal Hegemony: Reading Kunzang Choden’s The Circle of Karma/Nazneen Khan. IV. In Conversations with Writers: 17. A Journey from Sri Lanka to Australia: Chandani Lokugé in Conversation with Sissy Helff. 18. Manjushree Thapa in Conversation with Sally Acharya.

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Title Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131610596
length 264p.