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In StereotypeSouth Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary$
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Mrinalini Chakravorty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165969

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165969.001.0001

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From Bangladesh To Brick Lane

From Bangladesh To Brick Lane

The Biocultural Stereotypes of Migrancy

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In Stereotype

Mrinalini Chakravorty

Columbia University Press

This chapter reviews stereotypes of migrancy in Monica Ali's From Bangladesh to Brick Lane. The stereotypical depictions of culture in the novel—the feminization of the garment industry, the dereliction of estate housing for immigrants, and the specter of unassimilable migrants—interrogates the essentialism of both British and Bangladeshi identities, altering what Sara Suleri's so-called “dislocated idiom of migrancy” reveals of the crises of stereotypes of destitution, displacement, tenement housing, and crowds. Also, the novel's engagement with the domestication of transnational labor compels readers to think about the extent in which the uneven differences of globalization depend on the traffic of stereotypes.

Keywords:   migrancy streotypes, Monical Ali, British identities, Bangladeshi identities, Sara Suleri, transnational labor

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