Retour en Inde d’une expatriée dans la nouvelle “Ciphers” de l’Indo-américaine Ginu Kamani

Abstract : Born in Bombay in 1962, the writer Ginu Kamani emigrated to the United States with her family at the age of fourteen. As for the Indo-American narrator of her short-story “Ciphers” (1995), she returns to India after ten years spent building her identity as a woman in North America. Having only known her homeland in her childhood, she has not yet experienced the society from which her elders preferred to emancipate from an adult’s point of view. Between bewitchment and bitterness, the expatriate who lends her voice to this story evaluates the progress made, without her, by the women of her former country and her own evolution without India. Her return offers her the unsettling opportunity to compare her alleged dissent and her power to those of an Indian mother met during a railway journey. By the processes of writing and imagination, the values attributed to gender but also to the here and elsewhere seem reversed. This paper intends to analyze the ambivalent text which introduces the story collection Junglee Girl, written in English, by underlining women’s dissidentities. How do Ginu Kamani’s characters dissent from the stereotyped representations of identities?
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Diane Sabatier. Retour en Inde d’une expatriée dans la nouvelle “Ciphers” de l’Indo-américaine Ginu Kamani . Miroirs : Revue des civilisations anglophone, ibérique et ibéro-américaine, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Département des Langues et Civilisations, 2016, pp.44-63. ⟨hal-01393621⟩

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