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Assmann, Corinna

Doing Family in Second-Generation British Migration Literature

Series:Media and Cultural Memory / Medien und kulturelle Erinnerung 25

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    September 2018
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    Aims and Scope

    Due to the large-scale global transformations of the 20th century, migration literature has become a vibrant genre over the last decades. In these novels, issues of transcultural identity and belonging naturally feature prominently. This study takes a closer look at the ways in which the idea of family informs processes of identity construction. It explores changing roles and meanings of the diasporic family as well as intergenerational family relations in a migration setting in order to identify the specific challenges, problems, and possibilities that arise in this context. This book builds on insights from different fields of family research (e.g. sociology, psychology, communication studies, memory studies) to provide a conceptual framework for the investigation of synchronic and diachronic family constellations and connections. The approach developed in this study not only sheds new light on contemporary British migration literature but can also prove fruitful for analyses of families in literature more generally. By highlighting the relevance and multifaceted nature of doing family, this study also offers new perspectives for transcultural memory studies.


    ix, 291 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Family; memory; postcolonial literature; contemporary British literature
    Scholars of cultural studies, literary studies, postcolonial studies, memory studies, family studies

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    Corinna Assmann, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.

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