Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time
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Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time

by Patricia Justine Tumang
     
 

In Homelands, writers investigate the complexities of how women experience, remember, and imagine journeys to their homelands. Approaching the topic from varying perspectives — exile, longing, belonging, diaspora, idealization — they show that “homeland” isn't just a physical place. It can also be an imagined community, a part of one's

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In Homelands, writers investigate the complexities of how women experience, remember, and imagine journeys to their homelands. Approaching the topic from varying perspectives — exile, longing, belonging, diaspora, idealization — they show that “homeland” isn't just a physical place. It can also be an imagined community, a part of one's identity, or simply a wavering memory. It’s a world we create and re-create every day.

Among the contributors are Etel Adnan, who describes her life as an exile from Beruit after choosing to leave a city at war. Agate Nesaule, who as a youngster left Latvia under Nazi and Soviet threat, writes of envying a young Latvian girl's life, rich in place, language, and music. Sarah McCormic echoes the experience of many “American mutts” who can claim so many heritages that they feel a connection to none.

The writers in this collection beautifully capture the complicated notion of homeland and reflect the diversity of women's realities in the world.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Patricia Moore
They were either born in a country other than the one they live in, or they speak a different language, belong to another race, differ in their sexual orientation—or all of the above. The 28 women who tell their stories here are searching for their homelands, but they are not always sure where those homelands might be found. One young daughter of Armenian exiles travels to Turkey to visit the village of her grandparents. A young Haitian-American discovers, to her astonishment, a link with her mother who had never spoken of her heritage. She asks, "I have a legacy. How did it get passed down?" An American black woman who has lived all over the US looks vainly for her home but sees herself as an "urban nomad." None of these stories have happy endings, although some have a kind of closure. Most are sadly disturbing. All will make the reader reflect on the meaning of "home."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580051880
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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