Metaphors of Diaspora: English Literature at the Turn of the Century

Authors

  • Fernando Galván University of Alcalá

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.5.1-2.113-123

Keywords:

diaspora, metaphor, imaginary homeland, Black Atlantic, journey

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to make a literary reading of the postcolonial diasporas in Britain, especially in connection with the metaphors used by diasporic writers in the UK in their search for their own identity and belonging. As diaspora is a metaphorical term in the sense we are using it now, three different metaphorical constructions of diaspora will be explored: a) the metaphor of the imaginary homelands created by immigrant writers; b) the metaphor of the Black Atlantic as a sort of space shared by those who are part of the diaspora and what this entails in history and literature; and c) the metaphor of the journey as an intrinsic element of diaspora itself.

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Published

16. 06. 2008

How to Cite

Galván, F. (2008). Metaphors of Diaspora: English Literature at the Turn of the Century. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 5(1-2), 113-123. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.5.1-2.113-123