Diasporic Citizenship and De-Formations of Citizenship

Lily Cho

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780199941865
Published online December 2015 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Diasporic Citizenship and De-Formations of Citizenship

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Diasporic literature illuminates the uneasy and contradictory processes of citizenship’s formation. This chapter looks at the constitution of this dissonance in terms of the conditions of citizenship’s emergence. Noting that the relationship between citizenship and literature tends to be grounded in the interests of pedagogy in Canadian literary criticism, the author suggests that diaspora de-forms citizenship by foregrounding, and complicating, citizenship’s emergence. This chapter locates the de-forming of citizenship through the representation of the incoherence of the family as a basis for community in diasporic literature. Diasporic literature turns the discussion of the relationship between literature and citizenship away from pedagogical questions and toward those of the formation of citizenship itself.

Keywords: diaspora; diasporic literature; citizenship; family; pedagogy

Article.  5498 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature)

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