Religion, Diaspora and the Politics of a Homing Desire in the Writings of Zia Haider Rahman, Tahmima Anam and Monica Ali

  • Fayeza Hasanat

Abstract

This paper examines Zia Haider Rahman’s interpretation of cognitive burden of home, Tahmima Anam’s understanding of the blinded soul and Monica Ali’s portrayal of the radical frictions in context of diasporic consciousness. In the shifting consciousness of the diaspora, one’s perceptions – of spatial and metaphysical home, identity, religion, war or memory – are always in the flux and yet dangerously alluring. It works with what Susheila Nasta has referred to as the diaspora’s sense of loss for a lost homeland, and a “desire to reinvent and rewrite home as much as a desire to come to terms with and exile from it” (7). This paper explores the re-presentation of the dangerously seductive power and the politics of home in the novels of the diasporic writers from Bangladesh.

Author Biography

Fayeza Hasanat
 Fayeza Hasanat teaches in the English Department at the University of Central Florida. Her first book, Nawab Faizunnesa’s Rupjalal: Translation and Commentary (Leiden: Brill Publishing), is a translation of a text by a Muslim woman of colonial Bengal. Her forthcoming book, A War Heroine I Speak, is a translation of a reportage on the raped victims of the Bangladesh liberation war. Hasanat’s publications range from academic articles to short fictions in leading scholarly and literary journals. Her writings focus on women and gender, South Asian Diaspora and Translation Studies. Emal: fayeza.hasanat@ucf.edu.  
Published
2017-06-15
How to Cite
HASANAT, Fayeza. Religion, Diaspora and the Politics of a Homing Desire in the Writings of Zia Haider Rahman, Tahmima Anam and Monica Ali. <i>Asiatic</i>: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 1, june 2017. ISSN 1985-3106. Available at: <http://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/AJELL/article/view/962>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2017.
Section
Section II: Articles and Interviews on South Asian Diaspora Literature