A Literary Anthropology of Migration and Belonging

Roots, Routes, and Rhizomes

  • Cicilie Fagerlid
  • Michelle A. Tisdel

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology book series (PSLA)

About this book


This collection pushes migration and "the minor" to the fore of literary anthropology. What happens when authors who thematize their “minority” background articulate notions of belonging, self, and society in literature? The contributors use “interface ethnography” and “fieldwork on foot” to analyze a broad selection of literature and processes of dialogic engagement. The chapters discuss German-speaking Herta Müller’s perpetual minority status in Romania; Bengali-Scottish Bashabi Fraser and the potentiality of poetry; vagrant pastoralism and “heritagization” in Puglia, Italy; the self-representation of European Muslims post 9/11 in Zeshan Shakar’s acclaimed Norwegian novel; the autobiographical narratives of Loveleen Rihel Brenna and the artist collective Queendom in Norway; the “immigrant” as a permanent guest in Spanish-language children’s literature; and Slovenian roots-searching in Argentina. This anthology examines the generative and transformative potentials of storytelling, while illustrating that literary anthropology is well equipped to examine the multiple contexts that literature engages. Chapter 4 of this book is available open access under a CC By 4.0 license at


literature migration minorities narrative auto-ethnography community belonging identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Cicilie Fagerlid
    • 1
  • Michelle A. Tisdel
    • 2
  1. 1.Oslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway
  2. 2.National Library of NorwayOsloNorway

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-34795-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-34796-3
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