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B/Orders Unbound

Marginality, Ethnicity and Identity in Literatures

Sule Okuroglu Ozun and Mustafa Kirca

Contemporary literature concerns itself with transgressing borders and destabilizing hierarchical orders. Border crossing to question the given limits and orthodox beliefs brings many disciplines and diverse experiences together, and the result is a myriad of ways of expressing the alternatives when the established boundaries are liberated. The volume presents fifteen essays and brings together many academics and scholars who share a common interest in transgressing borders in literatures. The book is determined to encourage border violations, and each paper tackles the issue of border crossing in different realms and territories.

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Disrupted Borders in The Buddha of Suburbia (Sule Okuroglu Ozun)


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Sule Okuroglu Ozun

Disrupted Borders in The Buddha of Suburbia

The post-independence period of South Asian writing in English offers a consistent picture of colonial and post-colonial encounters with a new variety of challenges and problems. The early narratives of South Asian diasporic identity and the ambivalence of migrancy are caught between detachment from and attachment to the colonial past and postcolonial present. Thus, in such narratives “the sense of self is formulated at the unstable point where the ‘unspeakable’ stories of subjectivity meet the narratives of history of a culture” (Hall 44). However, rather than discussing immigrant identity within a framework of homeland and roots, fluid diasporic stances and practices are explored especially by a younger generation of South Asian writers. Works of these writers reflect authentic apprehensions about diasporic subjectification, and quests for individuality in addition to illustrating the major problems in the real lives of South Asian diasporians. In works of second generation diasporic writers, the dialogic space between difference and sameness keeps an ambiguous break which enables new possibilities. In this space, foreignness, rather than being an inscrutable otherness, rather than approaching from a distance, can breathe new life into Enlightenment concepts. Here being different does not refer to a negative and stable positioning (such as having been given a never-changing and unquestioned spatialised identity as Asian, Indian, or British) framed by territorial limits; instead, it refers to ever-changing relations, never ending border crossings and acquiring new self-positions. Avtar...

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