Space, Time and Female Empowerment in Diaspora
This chapter discusses how the recipes and song lyrics exist in an alternative temporality and enter a liminal space. I use Bakhtin’s theory of heteroglossia, reflecting the polyphonous nature of the oral texts with an analysis of the multi-voiced aspects of each recipe and song, which allow me to locate the voices in a particular space and time paradigm. This framework, which is euro-centric, has been modified in order for the female voice in diaspora to be located and heard. I also use theories of a gendered space and time when focusing on these wedding songs and particularly those theories that emerge from Julia Kristeva’s work. Aspects of women’s power which originate in the spaces they forge are also explored.