Date: Thu, 1 Feb 1996 19:37:23 -0500 (EST) Subject: ingredients to change To: seminar-13-AT-jefferson.village.Virginia.EDU Hello! I am a graduate student studying at Trent University. My work primarily looks at Canadian Writing in Canada written by South Asian women. Though it is more of a literary analysis, the work/research is also informed by social sciences. I am exploring this issues of acculturation as described by different narratives. I would like to consider a few ways in which acculturation has been discussed/defined by theorists who may provide an appropriate/valuable model by which literature can be understood - in particular South Asian women's writing. This is a brief synopsis of what I am engage with, structurally: 1. Intro: - discussion of the many ways "South Asian" has been defined and how this definition seems to have changed; how is the social science definition different from the literary? - race, class, ethnicity and gender: how do they intersect in the lives of SOuth Asian women? Social science research informs of this, as does literature. -Model of Acculturaion and Ethnic Minority Writing by Enoch Padolsky (can be found in Canadian Review of Comparative Lit. Sept-Dec. 1989. p.600. - introduction of the texts to be used, specific and general. Reasons why? Chapter outline- - Methodology (not sure how to frame this?) - Choice of texts (varied genres) 2. Chapter 1: Uma Parameswaran's _Rootless But Green are the Boulevard Trees_ - how has this family's experience identified with the model reviewed by Enoch Padolsky. A good framework to work within. 3. Chapter 2: Himani Bannerji's _doing time_ - how is experience different? What does this tell us about acculturation and the usage (limitation?) of models? What doe the model leave out? Can the model be modified or applied? Questioning whther models can actually inform our understanding of such a delicate process of change? 4. Chapter 3: Anthologies of South Asian women's writing Focusing mainly on the differences between the generations How do these preoccupations inform the model? Conclusion: what becomes clear about the understanding of acculturtion for South Asian women; the discrepancy between social sciences and literature; our understanding of the racial minority experience in Canada? These are important writings if Canadian society is ever going to begin to understand a sample of our population. We need to explore these writings so that we can correct the distortions of the past (claim by rewriting history), give perspective to this kind of lived experience, realize that the experience of acculturation is different and can't be thoroughly understood through any one discipline or Western deconstruction/application. Writings by Canadian women of South Asian origin set an excellent example of the necessary learning that is possible through literature, about communities, experience, and as aspect of Canadian culture. Sorry about the run-on. I am trying to do this quickly. I hope that you will find this work of some interest and may have suggestions for making it more defined and informative. If anyone is familiar with these works or have any ideas regarding "acculturation and 'ethnic minority' writing," (how the two inform one another and what needs to be constantly interrogated), I am quite anxiously awaiting your correspondence. You may email me direct: BMITTAL-AT-trentu.ca or offer thoughts in the seminar. Many thanks for this time. Sincerely, Bina Mittal p.s. I have actually done some work on the intro and chapt.1. So, if you have any thoughts on Bannerji's _doing time_, I would really like to hear them. Feel free to write specifically or conceptually.
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