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dc.contributor.authorToivanen Anna-Leena
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-14T10:12:06Z
dc.date.available2017-07-14T10:12:06Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://erepo.uef.fi/handle/123456789/3485
dc.description.abstractThe figure of the migrant has become a paradigmatic representative of globalised postcoloniality. Yet, not all ‘postcolonial’ mobilities can be equated with migration. Cases in point are the travelling African protagonists of two diasporic Nigerian short stories, Sefi Atta’s ‘Housekeeping’ (2010) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Transition to Glory’ (2006). The short stories feature the figures of the African leisure traveller, tourist, and, in particular, hotel guest. The hotel articulates different dimensions of a site that is frequently conceived, both in fiction and in theory, as a place and symbol of in-between-ness, deviance and displacement. In ‘Housekeeping’, the hotel serves as a setting for exploring the socio-economic differences between migrant travellers and symbolises a sense of diasporic unbelonging. In ‘Transition to Glory’, the hotel room is used as a setting and symbol for an adulterous relationship. It comes across as a space of deviance which is not properly inscribed either in the private/domestic or the public. While set in spaces of in-between-ness and transit, both texts articulate metaphorical senses of longing for home. By analysing the literary representation of the hotel trope, this article contributes to widening the scope of how postcolonial mobilities can be understood.en
dc.language.isoENen
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEnglish Studies in Africaen
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00138398.2017.1326565en
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden
dc.subjectChimamanda Ngozi Adichieen
dc.subjectSefi Attaen
dc.subjecthotelen
dc.subjectmobilityen
dc.subjecttravelen
dc.subjectunbelongingen
dc.titleSpaces of in-between-ness and unbelonging : the hotel in short stories by Sefi Atta and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichieen
dc.description.versionfinal draften
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Humanities, shared activitiesen
uef.solecris.id48145787en
dc.type.publicationinfo:eu-repo/semantics/articleen
dc.rights.accessrights© University of the Witwatersranden
dc.relation.doi10.1080/00138398.2017.1326565en
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerRevieweden
dc.format.pagerange1-11en
dc.relation.issn0013-8398en
dc.relation.issue1en
dc.relation.volume60en
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccessen
dc.type.okmA1en
dc.type.versioninfo:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersionen


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