With and without Zanzibar: liminal diaspora voices and the memory of the revolution

Piazza, Roberta (2019) With and without Zanzibar: liminal diaspora voices and the memory of the revolution. Narrative Inquiry, 29 (1). pp. 99-136. ISSN 1387-6740

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Abstract

This paper explores discursive narratives as inextricably linked to the construction of identity, place and history by a number of interviewed individuals. From an interactional sociolinguistics (cf. De Fina & Georgakopoulou, 2012) perspective, the study explores the context of the East African diaspora (Georgiou, 2006; Manger & Assal, 2006 among many others) as the interviewed participants are all Zanzibar-born individuals for whom the relationship with the island and its history is crucial to their construction of selfhood. The study analyses the narrative voices (De Fina & Georgakopolou, 2008) of those individuals who decided to leave Zanzibar at the time of the 1964 violent political upheaval never to return and those who, on the contrary, decided to go back after a lengthy period abroad. However, more than establishing a division between these two groups, the paper highlights how these individuals take a different positioning (Bamberg, 1997) towards Zanzibar and its history and construct a range of identities in the context of the interview.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Roberta Piazza
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 10:02
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 14:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80998

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