Religion, Diaspora and the Politics of a Homing Desire in the Writings of Zia Haider Rahman, Tahmima Anam and Monica Ali
AbstractThis paper examines Zia Haider Rahmanâ€™s interpretation of cognitive burden of home, Tahmima Anamâ€™s understanding of the blinded soul and Monica Aliâ€™s portrayal of the radical frictions in context of diasporic consciousness. In the shifting consciousness of the diaspora, oneâ€™s perceptions â€“ of spatial and metaphysical home, identity, religion, war or memory â€“ are always in the flux and yet dangerously alluring. It works with what Susheila Nasta has referred to as the diasporaâ€™s sense of loss for a lost homeland, and a â€œdesire to reinvent and rewrite home as much as a desire to come to terms with and exile from itâ€ (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.
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