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Redefining Britishness: British Asian Fiction

  • Ruvani Ranasinha
Part of the The History of British Women’s Writing book series (HBWW)

Abstract

This chapter argues that British Asian women’s fiction does not stem from a solely ghettoized presence, nor from a separate, segregated history as is sometimes assumed. Rather, this body of writing tends to redefine notions of ‘Britishness’ as well as what constitutes feminism. The reworking of Euro-American feminism by some British Asian female authors points to their impact on contemporary women’s writing. Many of the concerns of these writers about the legacies of colonialism for women, the burden and appeal of home and family in British Asian contexts, and the patriarchal underpinnings of nations and religious or caste-based communities overlap with key debates in postcolonial feminism. This work constitutes an intervention that is redefining two of the most prominent disciplinary formations, postcolonialism and feminist studies, each in its double role as institutional discourse and political movement. In recent years, a new globalized generation of female-authored texts have probed the relationship between postcolonial feminism and globalization. Situated within a postcolonial feminist paradigm, these fictions resonate with the ampler spatial, political, and conceptual reaches of globalization.

Keywords

Asian Woman Muslim Woman Female Identity Patriarchal Structure Asian Theatre 
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