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    Mothering across Languages and Cultures in Ying Chen's Letters to Her Children


    Kackute, Egle (2018) Mothering across Languages and Cultures in Ying Chen's Letters to Her Children. Women: A Cultural Review, 29 (1). pp. 59-74. ISSN 0957-4042

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    Abstract

    Due to intensifying global mobility, increasing numbers of women fi nd themselves mothering in countries that are linguistically and culturally foreign to them. They must deal with issues related to multilingualism, shifting identities and belonging. The essays La Lenteur des montagnes ( The Slowness of the Mountains , 2014) and ‘ Lettre d ’ Umbertide ’ ( ‘ Letter from Umbertide ’ , 2004) by the Chinese-born Canadian author Ying Chen provide a vivid example. Using recent research on contemporary Asian women ’ s writing in the diaspora and notions of écriture migrante ( ‘ migrant writing ’ ) as well as nomadic consciousness as a framework, this article explores how Chen ’ s essays envision what it means and feels like to be a mother of Chinese origin in contemporary Canada. This work proffers wider understandings of the condition of migrant mothering as it touches on critical debates around literatures of mobility.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: migration; mobility; motherhood; twenty-first-century women’s writing;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 10303
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09574042.2018.1425536
    Depositing User: Egle Kackute
    Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 17:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Women: A Cultural Review
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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