â€œEating Wordsâ€: Alimentary Motifs in Shirley Geok-lin Limâ€™s Poetry
In diasporic literature, alimentary motifs tend to play oppositional roles in relation to nostalgia: either they are evoked to reify longing for homeland, or to disavow it. Closely linked to these roles, and especially pertinent to immigrant women, is also foodâ€™s function as critique of ideology. This essay explores food and food-related motifs in Shirley Geok-lin Limâ€™s poems to elicit the paradox of nostalgia inherent in them, while also demonstrating their further complication of nostalgia as a concept.
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