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Women on the Move
Body, Memory and Femininity in Present-Day Transnational Diasporic Writing

ISBN 9781138321991
Published July 11, 2018 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Women on the Move: Body, Memory and Feminity in Present-day Transnational Diasporic Writing explores the role of women in the current globailized era as active migrants. Silvia Pellicer-Ortín and Julia Kuznetski have brought  together a collection of essays from scholars in diaspora, migration and gender studies to take a look at the female experince of migration and globalization by covering topics such as vulnerability, empowerment, trauma, identity, memory, violence and gender contruction, which will continue to shape contemporary literature and the culture at large.

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors


Disturbing Transitions: Critical Inner Landscapes of Migration

Jill Lewis


The Female Body and Self in the Glocal: Plights and Opportunities for Contemporary Diasporic Women

Silvia Pellicer-Ortín and Julia Kuznetski


Unbelonginess and Displacement in the Diaspora: Finding a Voice Through Narrative

1 The Travelling Bodies of African Prostitutes in the Transnational Space in Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail (2006) and Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street (2009)

Ceìdric Courtois

2 A Traumatic Romance of (Un)Belonginess: NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names

Merve Sarikaya-Şen


Globality, Locality and Cosmpolitanism

3 Dancing Across Nations: The Transnational and the Glocal in Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

Beatriz Pérez Zapata

4 Taiye Selasi and the Afropolitan Daughters of the Diaspora

María Rocío Cobo-Piñero


Defining Feminine Spaces: Home, Self, Identity and Food

5 "By Way of Their Fingers": Making Sense of Self and Home in Selected Short Stories by Edwidge Danticat, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Corinne Bigot

6 In the Kitchen with Monica Ali: Flavouring Gender and Diaspora

Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fiorato


Femininity, Spatiality and Liminality

7 Recalling Female Migration in Contemporary Irish Novels: An Intersectional Approach

Maria Amor Barros-del Río

8 Liminality and Affective Mobility in Anne Enright’s The Green Road

Selen Aktari-Sevgi

9 Movement, Places and Knotted History in Charlotte Mendelson’s Almost English

Julia Kuznetski


Crossing Borders: Female Bodies and Identities in Transit

10 Travelling the US-Mexican Border, Challenging Chicanidad

Paul Rüsse and Maialen Antxustegi-Etxarte

11 Under the Skin of British History: Bodies in Transit in Andrea Levy’s Small Island

Carolina Sánchez-Palencia

12 Short Stories on the Move: Mapping Memory and Constructing the (Jewish) Diasporic Female Self in Michelene Wandor’s False Relations

Silvia Pellicer-Ortín


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Silvia Pellicer-Ortín is a Lecturer in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Julia Kuznetski is Associate Professor of British Literature and curator of Liberal Arts in Humanities programme at Tallinn University, Estonia.


"A most timely, informative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary study on literature’s potential to explore the representation of femininity in contemporary diasporic narratives in English." -- Dolores Herrero, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

"A must-read in Humanities to understand what story-telling may be about in a world of changes, crises and (self-)reconstruction." -- Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud, Professor of English, Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France.