Beyond the East/West Divide


Mounir Guirat
Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Sfax, Tunisia – Beyond the East/ West Divide: Bangladesh as a Travelling Culture in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

Henda Ammar Guirat – Shuttling between New Homes and Origins: The Diasporic Journey in Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days: A Memoir and Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine

Nadia Mohammed, King’s College, London – The Iraqi Feminine in London: Iraqi Women between Englishness and Iraqiness in Haifa Zangana’s Women on a Journey (2007)

This panel focuses on the new narrative and thematic possibilities offered by the diasporic novel which falls under the umbrella category “of the novel in English.” It has the objective of highlighting the culturally inclusive tendency of diasporic narratives as counter-discourses to canonical texts.  It also participates in the critical debate on the different strategies and issues through which the novel  form is evolving.

Friday 7th July, 11.00