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Identity in motion: The symbiotic connection between migration and identity in four 20th century novels by African diasporic women writers

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Sampson-Choma,Tosha Kabara (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2011
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9781124576947, http://search.proquest.com/docview/863585010/fulltextPDF/B8110213B7224CACPQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Lincoln, Nebraska: The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
ISBN:
9781124576947
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Authors, Literature, Haiti, African Americans, Women, African diaspora, Danticat, Edwidge, 1969-, Nigeria, Emecheta, Buchi, Migration, Identity, Levy, Andrea, Walker, Alice
Notes:
This dissertation examines the migratory experiences of the protagonists from four African diasporic novels: Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy (1999), Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta (1994), Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (1994), and The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982). When analyzed comparatively these texts demonstrate that a completely integrated identity (that merges two cultures) is contingent upon a return to the protagonist's cultural roots either by the protagonist herself or someone who is closely aligned with her. The protagonist or her representative must travel to her ancestral homeland and in the process develop a value system that reflects the duality of her identity.