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Transplanted gender norms and their limits in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

Hasan, Md. Mahmudul (2018) Transplanted gender norms and their limits in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English and Literature, 12 (1). pp. 59-77. ISSN 1985-3106

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Abstract

In Brick Lane (2003), Monica Ali describes both the spatial and metaphysical geography of Bangladeshi immigrants living in the diaspora in Britain. Face-to-face with immigrant anxieties as well as material constraints in the host society, diasporic patriarchy seeks to transplant gender norms of its country of origin and imposes domestic seclusion on women under its control. Against such a cultural backdrop, Ali depicts the problem of identity and gendered expectations of women in the diaspora. There is a persistent concern over women’s nomadic existence in patriarchal society and over their profound loss of confidence and cultural belonging. This specific, cultural pattern finds a concrete expression in Ali’s description of the transplantation of Bangladeshi gender ideology in London, as the novel unravels its limits and inefficacy in the postcolonial world of information technology.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6409/64766
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transplanted gender norms, Monica Ali’s Brick Lane
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > BP1075 Sex role
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ12 Sexual life
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Md. Mahmudul Hasan
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2018 10:21
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 16:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/64766

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