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Narrating the New Nation chapter six The Global North and South: Comparative Postcolonial Poetics in Diasporic South Asian Women’s Texts Jaspal Kaur Singh This chapter examines the poetics of resistance to gendered identity formations in Diasporic South Asian Women’s texts and their interconnections to the Indian and South African nation-states. I argue that in their re-envisioning of Indianness and Indian womanhood, certain writers are themselves limited due to their location and class politics. I examine texts from the Global North

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, “Marriage and Family versus Same-Sex Spaces” ←129 |  130→ [D]iscourses of sexuality are inextricable from prior and continuing histories of colonialism, nationalism, racism, and migration. Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures This chapter’s postcolonial feminist analysis is limited to queering the South Asian Indian diaspora in South Africa in terms of resistant literary representations and testimonials in literature by and about women regarding lesbian sexuality. That the majority of the texts happen to be

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June 6, 2010). 2.   Fitzroy Andre Baptiste “The United States, the Caribbean and Africa: From the Cold War to the War on International Terrorism,” http://web.ccsu.edu/afstudy/upd12–1.html (accessed January 17, 2010). 3.   Gilbert A. Sekgoma “Decolonization: toward a global perspective, 1940–1978” Africa and the International Political System , ed. Timothy M. Shaw and ’Sola Ojo (Lanham: University Press of America, 1982), 44. 4.   Charles P. Kindleberger “Historical Economics: Art or Science?” (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), 126–127. 5.   Idem

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and discrimination. When the era ended the world consisted of heterogeneous societies where discrimination was prevalent. During the Era of Empire diversity skyrocketed from the conquest and annexation of lands and diverse people, and tens of millions freely or forcibly traveling to foreign lands to escape religious persecution, for reasons of government security or policy, 1 to work, or serve prison sentences. In some colonies, populations became overt composites of descendants from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Many populations suffered terribly from

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Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll ← 248 | 249 → NOTES Prologue 1. For further reading, see Anderson, Karen. Wartime Women: Sex Roles, Family Relationships, and the Status of Women During World War II . Westport CT: Praeger, 1981; also, Weatherford, Doris: American Women and World War II. Onehunga, NZ: Castle Books, 2009; and Winkler, Allan M. Home Front U.S.A.: America During World War II. Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 2000. 2. For the complete story of this syndrome in a broad and all-inclusive context, see Mondale, Sarah. School: The Story of American

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role of memory in temporally limited periods of transition, in which a government and a society undergo a constitutional change within a special legal framework’, 18 such as post-Apartheid South Africa and Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, these observations also apply, mutatis mutandis , to the way many writers of Famine fiction draw upon the cultural memory of the Famine to reimagine the landlord system and interrogate received notions about responsibility and victimhood. Decolonization and the move towards a post-colonial society were gradual processes, but the

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hand, from Asia, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa, who are shown to be capable of openness and disinterested giving. The former attitude is gendered masculine, not necessarily male, for it is manifest also in women, like Dick’s mother or the wife in “The Escape”. The other is gendered feminine and typically embodied in exotic, artistic, magnanimous females. Paris, geographically a liminal space between the two worlds, is represented, accordingly, by the queer, feminine, Anglophile Frenchman Raoul. Mansfield accepts people’s distinct cultural baggage, but

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chapter in order to shed light on the complex cultural shift that migration has brought to contemporary Mediterranean shores and across the sea from northern Africa to Italy, Europe and beyond. Embracing Soyinka’s belief, I have outlined how humankind on the move is affecting the current Italian situation within Europe, and I have suggested that the Italian case study stands in a continuum of connectivity with other national contingencies in Europe and beyond. Following this line of thought, one final remark on culture is useful and important. I am not referring to

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played in the development of Christianity. The idea was to give men absolute power over women in the family, church and state. Historical research demonstrates that early Christian writers did not include all the extant materials in the scholarly accounts, which had been chronicled to document the major role of women in the early Jesus movement. In the third and fourth centuries male celibate theologians selected and rewrote the accounts of the early Christian church tradition to favor a patriarchal church which treated men as superior to women. This theological bias

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is sufficient for the irredeemable souls of Africans (Raper, 1933). Although slavery has ended as an economic and labor institution, American institutions like the criminal justice system, educational system, and life chance opportunity systems continue to wage a campaign that highlights racial differences. In his appeal to the soul of white America, Garvey attempted to capture the attention of whites who had sympathy for the condition of blacks. Garvey was convinced that whites had a solution to the race problem that ranged on a continuum of extermination