BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award


Date of Submission



Nudrat Kamal, Lecturer, Department ofSocial Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

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Restricted Access


This thesis argues that the ideas and emotions towards and about home, belonging and unbelonging in diaspora are negotiated through structures of power, people, the self, silences, language and histories. Using literary analysis as method, this exploration of six poems from Warsan Shire’s thematic subject matter borrows theoretical framework from Black feminist thought, post-colonial feminist thought and diaspora studies in its analysis of migrant womanhood writing back to White colonial Empire and the modern nation-state. Close reading themes such as family, community, desire and womanhood within the Shire’s poetry as text aids in better understanding the significance of contemporary writing in the narrativization of diasporic experience. Diasporic experience cannot be homogenized and thus complicates spatial and temporal imaginings of belonging. By looking at images, themes and metaphors within poetry, this thesis privileges Shire’s writing as text and a source of knowledge in thinking about the experience of emotion.



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