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Title: The Dialogic Play of Self versus Other: A Study of Singapore-Malaysian Female Emigrants to North America.
Keywords: storytelling, feminist dialogics, transcultural life writing, identity construction, heteroglossia, heterochronotopes
Issue Date: 9-May-2008
Citation: ZHONG MINXIAN (2008-05-09). The Dialogic Play of Self versus Other: A Study of Singapore-Malaysian Female Emigrants to North America.. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this thesis, I study four autobiographical texts written by female professional Singapore-Malaysian re-migrants to North America. My hope in this study is to discover the possibility of finding a new feminist discourse that can give voice to womenb s selfhood and empower their self-invention in transcultural autobiographical writings. I believe that by retelling stories told to them and telling their own stories in autobiographical writings, women writers are able to inscribe polyvocality in constituting their identities. These texts thus challenge well-known paradigms of identity, race and generational differences in a cross-cultural context. They thus illuminate potential dialogues across these differences. In the dialogic engagement with different ideological discourses, women writers challenge the bias of sexual differences between men and women, struggling with the official line that excludes them as others, defining their place within a multicultural context, as well as transforming their identity through the writing process.
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