Metaphor and Diaspora in Contemporary Writing by Jonathan P. A. Sell

By Jonathan P. A. Sell

Decide upon ten significant modern diasporic writers (from Abdulrazak to Zadie), ask ten major professionals to put in writing approximately their use of metaphor, and this is often the end result: a well timed reassertion of metaphor's unrivalled skill to surround sameness and distinction and create knowing and empathy throughout barriers of nationality, race and ethnicity.

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6. See also Andrew Smith’s lucid discussion (2004: 254–7). 7. My ‘communitarian individual’ is a rephrasing of the literary pragmatist’s concept of ‘social individual’, which rescues the subject from the crampings of poststructuralist determinism (for the seminal account see R. D. Sell, 2000: 145–58). A. Sell 1 Tropes of Diasporic Life in the Work of Nadeem Aslam Chris Weedon 1 Introduction In his book Multiculturalism (2007), Tariq Modood argues a strong case for the accommodation of difference within a positive conception of multiculturalism.

While Maj-Jabin sees Kaukab as dangerous, ‘Trapped within the cage of permitted thinking’, she also feels compassion. Yet she fails to understand why Kaukab inflicts an oppressive upbringing on her that she herself had resented. ’ (p. 115). 4 Loss Among the innumerable other losses, to come to England was to lose a season [monsoon], because in the part of Pakistan that he is from, there are five seasons in a year, not four. (p. 5) If there is a unifying trope in the depiction of individual lives that Aslam locates within the complexities of the diasporic community, it is loss.

For more on place see Procter (2003), Macleod (2004) and Sandhu (2004). 4. See, for example, Asian Women Writers Workshop (1988), Kureishi (1990), Syal (1996) and Ali (2003). 5. For secondary literature on this see Nasta (2001), Stein (2004), Procter (2003) and Hussain (2005). 6. My Son the Fanatic (1997) directed by Udayan Prasad, Feature Film Company/ VCI. 7. For more on the background to this see Alam (2006), Lewis (2007) and Finney and Simpson (2009). Relevant films include Britz (2007) Channel 4, Love & Hate (2006) Verve Pictures and Bradford Riots (2006) Channel 4 DVD/ Oxford Film and Television Production.

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