Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, by Ruvani Ranasinha

By Ruvani Ranasinha

This e-book is the 1st comparative research of a brand new new release of diasporic Anglophone South Asian ladies novelists together with Kiran Desai, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri from a feminist standpoint. It charts the numerous adjustments those writers have produced in postcolonial and modern women’s fiction because the past due Nineteen Nineties. Paying cautious cognizance to the authors’ special subcontinental backgrounds of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – in addition to India - this learn destabilises the critical position given to fiction concerned with India. It broadens the accepted concentrate on diasporic writers’ metropolitan contexts, illuminates how those transnational, female-authored literary texts problem nationwide assumptions and considers the ways that this new configuration of transnational, feminist writers produces a postcolonial feminist discourse, which differs from Anglo-American feminism.

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How are women strategically appropriated to express cultural difference?  24).  5.  115.  74–75). INTRODUCTION 29 South Asian women writers are judged? As Deepika Bahri notes, ‘the development of critical ways of reading is just as important as the use of writing to represent women; a particular representation may be misread as representative of an entire culture by consumers of “Third World fiction”’. Bahri reminds us that postcolonial feminism is integrally tied to the project of literary postcoloniality: a postcolonial feminist perspective requires one to read literary representations of women with attention both to the subject and to the medium of representation.

1975), Ameena Hussein, Sumathy Sivamohan and Madubashini Ratnayake. While space prevents a detailed discussion of all these writers, making comparisons where relevant brings the selected diasporic authors into a comparative framework with some of their resident South Asian counterparts. 76 At the same time, this book argues that certain variations in politics, tone, viewpoint and thematic content stem from differences in authorial location. Women writers based within the subcontinent often foreground gender oppression in the hidden lives of subcontinental women or gradations of caste and class within the urban middle class, or they confront parochial nationalism, sectarian destructiveness and neoimperial liberalism.

3. 67 Many transnational feminists identify the international division of labour—rather than cultural conflicts or transactions—as the most important defining feature of postcoloniality. 68 Probing these theoretical insights, the book shows how these writers offer new, transnational feminist perspectives on the interstices of the global and the postcolonial and on the relationship between postcolonial feminism and globalisation. Many of these new fictional texts can be situated within a postcolonial feminist paradigm, often characterised by a culture-specific focus on the gendered subject and on nation-state space.

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