By Ruvani Ranasinha

This e-book is the 1st comparative research of a brand new iteration of diasporic Anglophone South Asian ladies novelists together with Kiran Desai, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri from a feminist point of view. It charts the numerous alterations those writers have produced in postcolonial and modern women’s fiction because the overdue Nineties. Paying cautious consciousness to the authors’ precise subcontinental backgrounds of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – in addition to India - this research destabilises the vital position given to fiction keen on India. It broadens the favourite specialise in 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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Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation

This publication is the 1st comparative research of a brand new iteration 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 alterations those writers have produced in postcolonial and modern women’s fiction because the overdue Nineteen Nineties.

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It thus complicates Appadurai’s emphasis on the collapse of the nation-state. Moreover, notwithstanding the chosen authors’ focus on distinct histories noted at the start, this book shows how their fictions also foreground the intertwining of the political and literary histories of Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. It further reconfigures the subcontinental ‘nation’ in terms of a relational, pan-South Asian bilateralism. Thus my use of the term post-national refers to the ways these writers problematise postcolonial paradigms of the selfdefining nation and narrating the nation.

It illuminates how (within a new phase of global integration) these female South Asian diasporic re-imaginings refigure the gendered ‘nation’ as a network of localities for which the purchase and sovereignty of the nation-state is both unclear and re-invented. It thus complicates Appadurai’s emphasis on the collapse of the nation-state. Moreover, notwithstanding the chosen authors’ focus on distinct histories noted at the start, this book shows how their fictions also foreground the intertwining of the political and literary histories of Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

56 Key postcolonial feminist studies include Mohanty et al. (1991); Rajeswari Sunder Rajan’s feminist essays on a variety of cultural representations of women in India(Rajan 1993, 2003); Gayatri Spivak’s (2012) theorising of the problematic of the subaltern and representation, Marxist and feminist approaches to literature, culture and politics and her argument that issues of feminism and so-called Third World women are directly relevant to important debates in the West, from which they are routinely excluded; see Spivak (2012) Kumari Jayewardena’s (1986) theorising of the specific place of Asian women in national struggles for decolonisation and the relationship between feminism and nationalism in her path-breaking work; see (Boehmer 2005b; Gopal 2005) on the crucial intersections between nationalism, narrative, gender and literary radicalism.

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