Brick Lane Blockades: The Bioculturalism of Migrant Domesticity

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleBrick Lane Blockades: The Bioculturalism of Migrant Domesticity Author(S)Mrinalini Chakravorty (Author)
Abstract  This essay examines Monica Ali’s Brick Lane’s tactics of cultural preservation, both dominant and minor, that routinely frame biologically inflected claims about migrant belonging in Britain. Working within and against theories of biopolitics, I trace how the novel is implicated in public discourses about the cultural demands of citizenship for migrants to Britain who are often mired in an irreducibly corporeal shadow language. Rather than social constructs, the uproar surrounding the publication of Brick Lane divulges the extent to which cultural claims about race, language, assimilation, and authenticity remain anchored in naturalized identity claims about what it means for former colonial migrants to belong in Britain today. ...Paginationp 503-528
SubjectLiteratureDescriptorsEnglish fiction
Journal TitleModern Fiction Studies  
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