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Title: PERFORMING GENDER IN THE INDIAN DIASPORA: AN EXAMINATION OF FOUR 21ST C NOVELS
Authors: UMA JAYARAMAN
Keywords: Gender Performance, Indian Diaspora, 21st C Fiction, Unheimlich, Uncanny, Inner Dissonance.
Issue Date: 10-Jan-2013
Source: UMA JAYARAMAN (2013-01-10). PERFORMING GENDER IN THE INDIAN DIASPORA: AN EXAMINATION OF FOUR 21ST C NOVELS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The main premise for the examination of the four selected twenty-first century fictional narratives of the Indian diaspora is that the diasporic space is a mutating space, and life in the diaspora requires a continual contention with discourses that are potent signifiers of difference. While the four novels deal with mutually exclusive contexts, and call for unique solutions to the challenges emerging from each one of them, the common point made by all of them is that gender is the persistent marker of difference in the diaspora. Appropriate gender performance is one of the most rigidly regulated systems of social behaviour across the globe. While gender identities and performances are subjected to continual negotiations in any society, conforming to prearranged codes of gender behaviour becomes contentious in the diaspora. This is because the space of diaspora is predicated upon the collapse of conservative constructions of social behaviour. The arguable nature of traditional gender behaviour becomes foregrounded when the individual enters spaces that potentially either do not recognize such behaviour or question its validity. In such a site, gender roles need to be incessantly constructed and performed through a nervous negotiation of perceived differences, and more often not, such performances entrap rather than liberate the individual.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/36132
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