While such approaches have been essential for problematizing hegemonic mobilizations of “house”, there is also a hazard in studying movement as constitutive of the (submit)modern world. In specific, such frameworks typically overlook the experiences of those who are forcibly displaced. Critical investment in tropes of migrancy may unwittingly recycle imperialist assumptions by producing imagined spaces of alterity that serve to liberate the centred, “at house” subject at the expense of historicized experiences of homelessness. Abdulrazak Gurnahs 2001 novel By the Sea represents one such historicized experience, that of its protagonist, asylum seeker Saleh Omar. This article argues that, through its narrative funding in houses and family objects and within the importance of narrative for creating a sense of residence for its migrant protagonist, Gurnahs novel poses a problem to an aesthetic valorization of displacement.
Furthermore, somewhat than figuring out an individualist funding in homelessness as a route to authorship, By … Read More