There is no word for the almost-home: a literary analysis of diasporic belonging/unbelonging in Warsan Shire’s "Our men do not belong to us"
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
SSLA Culminating Experience
Home, Belonging, Family, Diaspora, Silences, History, Language, Literature, Poetry, Feminist Thought, Desire, Womanhood, Metaphor, Emotion
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.
Ahmad, S. (2020). There is no word for the almost-home: a literary analysis of diasporic belonging/unbelonging in Warsan Shire’s "Our men do not belong to us" (Unpublished undergraduate project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/sslace/58
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