Multiple Affiliations: Autobiographical Narratives of Displacement by (Im)migrant U.S, Women
Summary, in English
Whereas the conventional immigration/assimilation paradigm assumes the resolvability of difference, (im)migration, related to the concept of diaspora, is sensitive to "different differences," related to race, class, gender,etc. Further, (im)migration points to the variability and mobility within the immigrant experience.I use the concept of diaspora, not as a metaphor, but as a lens through which to investigate subjectivities that disturb the assumed union between place, culture and identity. I further employ various exigencies of "locational feminism" to take into account shifting, unstable, postmodern identities and, at the same time, pay attention to historical and material particularities.
Multiple Affiliations shows how "diasporic" dialectics - negotiations of here and there, continuity and change, roots and routes - continually shape (im)migrant subjectivities, even if the possibility of returning to the homeland is precluded and even if the experience of immigration is not firsthand. Acts of imaginative memory are called upon to re-configure diasporic identity by linking the present and the past, here and there, self and ethnic group, and with marked insistence to rewrite history, frequently to trouble national schemes. I propose that, far from inhabiting separate spheres, immigrant and diasporic sensibilities often overlap.
Skrifter från moderna språk 2, Umeå Universitet
- Gender Studies
- United States
- locational feminism
- Raoul Granqvist
5 May 2001
Hörsal E, humanisthuset, Umeå Universitet
- Clara Juncker (Professor)