Storytelling in Amy Tan’s The bonesetter’s daughter: belonging and the transnationality of home in older age

Walsh, Katie (2016) Storytelling in Amy Tan’s The bonesetter’s daughter: belonging and the transnationality of home in older age. Identities. ISSN 1070-289X (Accepted)

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Abstract

Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter is a fictional account of a Chinese American woman and her mother, a first generation migrant, who is negotiating dementia in later life. Analysis of diasporic novels can provide insight into migrant belonging, especially the emotional geographies of home and emotional subjectivities of ageing that are not commonly or easily elucidated even by qualitative interviewing methods. This article examines Tan’s construction of ageing as an intergenerational, cultural and emotional process, and highlights the role of storytelling as an everyday home-making practice through which the transnationality of home in older age becomes evident.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 09:03
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63481

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