Genuserfarenheter och kulturellt identitetsskapande i Monica Alis Brick Lane
Sammanfattning: This project investigates ethnic and gendered oppression in relation to the construction of cultural identity in the Bangladeshi diaspora as it is depicted in Monica Ali’s novel 'Brick Lane'. I read Ali’s novel as a 'feminist Bildungsroman' with the key focus on how the female migrant protagonist Nazneen’s changing self-conception and construction of a new identity in London leads her to liberation from patriarchal structures in the diaspora. I argue that 'Brick Lane' can be read as a new form of the female-Bildungsroman which in comparison to the traditional form of the genre does not limit the female protagonist’s liberation in patriarchal structures. Furthermore, through a comparative character analysis of Nazneen and her husband Chanu, I show how their gender can be linked to their different ways of constructing their identities in the novel. I argue that Chanu, in contrast to Nazneen, is trying to preserve tradition and a static cultural identity in the diaspora to keep his patriarchal position of power and escape his alienation in London.
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