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"Mother-weights" and lost fathers: parents in South Asian American literature

Maxey, Ruth

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Ruth Maxey ruth.maxey@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

That parent-child relationships should play a significant role within South Asian American literature is perhaps no surprise, since this is crucial material for any writer. But the particular forms they so often take – a dysfunctional mother-daughter dynamic, leading to the search for maternal surrogates; and the figure of the prematurely deceased father – are more perplexing. Why do families adhere to these patterns in so many South
Asian American texts and what does that tell us about this œuvre? More precisely, why are mothers subjected to a harsher critique than fathers and what purpose does this critique serve? How might we interpret the trope of the untimely paternal death? In this article I will seek to answer these questions – arguably key to an understanding of this growing body of writing – by considering works produced between the 1990s and the early twenty-first century by a range of South Asian American writers.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 9, 2012
Journal Wasafiri
Print ISSN 0269-0055
Electronic ISSN 1747-1508
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Institution Citation Maxey, R. (2012). "Mother-weights" and lost fathers: parents in South Asian American literature. Wasafiri, 27(1), doi:10.1080/02690055.2012.636892
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02690055.2012.636892
Keywords South Asian American literature, fictions of matrilineage, matrophobia, parenthood
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02690055.2012.636892
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Wasafiri on 9 February 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/02690055.2012.636892

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