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Article: A question of belonging: Reading Jean Arasanayagam through nationalist discourse

TitleA question of belonging: Reading Jean Arasanayagam through nationalist discourse
Authors
KeywordsArasanayagam
Ethnicity
Gender
Minority
Nationalism
Sri Lanka
Issue Date2006
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105831
Citation
Journal Of Commonwealth Literature, 2006, v. 41 n. 2, p. 61-81 How to Cite?
AbstractJean Arasanayagam's writing, arising from a unique confluence of what can be considered minoritized identities in Sri Lanka (Burgher and Tamil), provides critical insights into the ways in which a marginalized consciousness seeks to carve a niche for itself within an exclusive, majoritarian nationalist discourse. Such minority self-fashioning is often seen in terms of a paradigm of resistance that deconstructs the dominant or hegemonic national discourse and renders identity mobile and fluid. However, we argue that Arasanayagam's writing, rather than being "post-national", is heavily invested in the idea of national belonging. Through close readings of a selection of poems, drawn from her earliest published work to recent writing, we explore the ambiguities and contradictions arising out of Arasanayagam's desire for a self-identity in what can be loosely termed a Sri Lankan national imaginary. Copyright © 2006 SAGE Publications.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/48379
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dc.description.abstractJean Arasanayagam's writing, arising from a unique confluence of what can be considered minoritized identities in Sri Lanka (Burgher and Tamil), provides critical insights into the ways in which a marginalized consciousness seeks to carve a niche for itself within an exclusive, majoritarian nationalist discourse. Such minority self-fashioning is often seen in terms of a paradigm of resistance that deconstructs the dominant or hegemonic national discourse and renders identity mobile and fluid. However, we argue that Arasanayagam's writing, rather than being "post-national", is heavily invested in the idea of national belonging. Through close readings of a selection of poems, drawn from her earliest published work to recent writing, we explore the ambiguities and contradictions arising out of Arasanayagam's desire for a self-identity in what can be loosely termed a Sri Lankan national imaginary. Copyright © 2006 SAGE Publications.en_HK
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dc.subjectArasanayagamen_HK
dc.subjectEthnicityen_HK
dc.subjectGenderen_HK
dc.subjectMinorityen_HK
dc.subjectNationalismen_HK
dc.subjectSri Lankaen_HK
dc.titleA question of belonging: Reading Jean Arasanayagam through nationalist discourseen_HK
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