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Adoptions across borders, children and diaspora

representations of transnational adoption in diasporic Indian women's writing

“Adoptions across Borders, Children and Diaspora: Representations of Transnational Adoption in Diasporic Indian Women’s Writing” untersucht die Darstellung transnationaler Adoptionen in Romanen, Biographien und Dokumentarfilmen indischer Frauen der Diaspora und beurteilt die Möglichkeit, transnationale Adoption im Kontext der Diaspora zu lesen. Das erste Kapitel lädt dazu ein, das Konstrukt ‚Mutterschaft‘ im Adoptionskontext zu betrachten und zu feministischer Mutterschaftsforschung und dem Verständnis eines mütterlichen Nationalismus in Bezug zu setzen. Kapitel 2 befasst sich mit den Folgen einer Heimfahrt der Adoptierten auf Diaspora-Konstruktionen und setzt sich mit dem Verhältnis zwischen Adoptierten und Diaspora-Theorien auseinander. Das dritte und letzte Kapitel untersucht Adoption in den Romanen Bharati Mukherjees, die transnationale Adoption weniger idealistisch porträtiert. Mukherjees Leave it to Me und Jasmine werden daher hinsichtlich Genderperformance und Ablehnung gelesen.

“Adoptions across Borders, Children and Diaspora: Representations of Transnational Adoption in Diasporic Indian Women’s Writing” examines the ways that diasporic Indian women portray transnational adoption in fiction, memoir, and documentary film, and assesses the possibility of reading transnational adoption alongside theories of diaspora. The first chapter invites readers to consider constructions of maternity in an adoptive context in relation to feminist scholarship on motherhood and understandings of maternal nationalisms. The second chapter considers the implications of adoptee return journeys on constructions of diaspora and on understandings of adoptees in relation to diasporic theories. The third and final chapter examines adoption in the fiction of Bharati Mukherjee, who portrays less idealistic outcomes of transnational adoption in her work. Mukherjee’s Leave it to Me and Jasmine are therefore read in relation to works on gender performance and abjection.

Titel: Adoptions across borders, children and diaspora
Untertitel: representations of transnational adoption in diasporic Indian women's writing
Verfasser: Morgan, Holly GND
Gutachter: Stierstorfer, Klaus GND
Organisation: FB 09: Philologie
Dokumenttyp: Dissertation/Habilitation
Medientyp: Text
Erscheinungsdatum: 2015
Publikation in MIAMI: 13.11.2017
Datum der letzten Änderung: 14.11.2017
Schlagwörter: Adoption; Diaspora; Mutterschaft; indisch; Feminismus
Adoption; Diaspora; Motherhood; Indian; Feminism
Fachgebiete: Englische, altenglische Literaturen; Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie
Sprache: Englisch
Format: PDF-Dokument
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-90249419523
Permalink: https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-90249419523
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Inhalt:
Introduction: Adoptions across Borders, Children and Diaspora: Representations of Transnational Adoption in Diasporic Indian Women’s Writing
6
Towards a Diasporic Framework for Literature of Transnational Adoption
8
Why India? Why Women’s Writing?
18
Texts in Contexts
26
Chapter One: Adopting Maternity: Constructions of Transnational Motherhood
33
1.1 Maternity, Motherhood, Nation: Constructions and Conceptions
33
1.1.1 Feminism and Motherhood: Past, Present, and Future
39
1.1.2 Motherhood, Postfeminism, and “Mommy Lit”
44
1.1.3 Motherhood and Adoption Scholarship
51
1.1.4 Motherlands, Otherlands, Birthlands, Nations
53
1.1.5 Transnational Adoption and Mothering: An Overview
57
1.2 Feminism and Foil: Reading Maternity in Shilpi Gowda’s Secret Daughter
61
1.3 White Mothers, Other Mothers: Culture Keeping and Maternity in Secret Daughter and Shiva Dancing
74
1.4 Miró and Khokha: “Realities” of Maternity and Adoption
88
1.5 Final Reflections: Motherhood through Sundaresan
96
Chapter Two: Power, Subalternity, and Nations of Birth: Constructions of Difference and Return Journeys in Narratives of Adoption
99
2.1 Reading Adoptee and Diasporic Return
99
2.2 Asha Miró’s Daughter of the Ganges: Silence, Translation, and Appropriations of Otherness
110
2.3 Narrative, Truth, and Archeology: Digging through the Remains in Daughter of the Ganges
120
2.4 Following Returnees in Sasha Khokha’s India: Calcutta Calling: Routes and Roots Tourism
128
2.5 Fictions of Return and Returning to and as Fiction in Gowda, Kirchner, and D’Silva
132
2.6 Mythologized Birthlands, Fictions of Return
146
Chapter Three: Atypical Adoptions, Abjection, and the Fictions of Bharati Mukherjee
148
3.1 Introduction to Adoption in the Works of Bharati Mukherjee
148
3.2 Jasmine, Adoption, and Identity: Constructing Mothers, Children, and Selves
158
3.3 The Abjection of Adoption: Leave it to Me, Murder, and the “Adoptive Condition”
169
3.4 Mukherjee’s Atypical Adoptions
180
Conclusion: The Indian Diaspora in and through Adoption in Literature
182
Works Cited
189