Migrant women, place and identity in contemporary women's writing

Krummel, Sharon (2014) Migrant women, place and identity in contemporary women's writing. Identities, 22 (6). pp. 722-738. ISSN 1070-289X

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While recent scholarship on migration has reflected growing attention to gender, and to the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality, there has been little focus on women's emotional and bodily responses to migration in the context of larger structures of sexism, racism, and the legacies of colonialism. In this paper I examine some literary portrayals of how migrant women's relationships with specific places of origin and settlement, both steeped in structural relationships of unequal power and experienced on an immediate, psychological and bodily plane, are fundamental to migrant women's changing sense of belonging and identity. Jamaica Kincaid in her novel Lucy, Tsitsi Dangarembga in her novel Nervous Conditions, and Dionne Brand in the opening poems of her volume No Language is Neutral evoke some of the complex ways in which migration can affect women's lives and identities, thus both complementing and critiquing some contemporary theorisations of migration and migrant identities.

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Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
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Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 15:24
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 15:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75539

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