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Palgrave Macmillan

Disorientation: Muslim Identity in Contemporary Anglophone Literature

ISBN 9781137281715
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book focuses on the struggles and strategies of the Muslim woman immigrant to Britain after 9/11, as depicted in a group of thematically-related novels published over the past decade. The book looks at the work of Monica Ali, Leila Aboulela, Fadia Faqir, Camilla Gibb, Kia Abdullah, Almas Khan and Nadeem Aslam - all of whom raise questions about the integration of the Muslim woman who has moved from a majority position in her Muslim homeland to a minority position in her adopted home in Britain (usually London). Drawing on the idea of 'disorientation' (a period of withdrawal, confusion and alienation experienced by the Muslim woman after arrival in the West), this book argues for a greater focus on religion as an element of immigrant identity-creation, ultimately showing that the heterogeneity of immigrant religious experience requires a new and more complex understanding of diasporic existence.

Esra Mirze Santesso is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Georgia, USA, where she teaches postcolonial literature. She has published a wide range of articles on contemporary British literature, Muslim diasporic identity, and Turkish literature and film, including an interview with Orhan Pamuk.

1. Islam and British Literature
2. Rethinking Hybridity in Monica Ali's Brick Lane
3. Subaltern Desire in Leila Aboulela's Minaret
4. Mimicry in Fadia Faqir's Cry of the Dove
5. Cosmopolitanism and Transnationalism in Camilla Gibb's Sweetness in the Belly
6. Resisting Disorientation


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