Histories of Dislocation in Immigrant Fiction
Takes up three novels written by women who share the immigrant backgrounds of their characters: The House on Mango Street (1984) by Sandra Cisneros; Lucy (1990) by Jamaica Kincaid; and Blu’s Hanging (1997) by Lois-Ann Yamanaka. Suggests they point to the hybridity of all households—their influence by multiple cultural traditions, vocabularies, and technologies. Offers them, further, as striking examples of heterogeneity within a single household—differences and inequalities between males and females, adults and children, employers and employees. Brings out their backstories of conquest, slavery, and internment as examples of domestic dislocation not only in space but also over time; not only of individuals but also of groups; removal from one’s home or homeland not only by choice but also by force.
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