Migrant voices

An inquisition of the ‘other’ literature in Bangladesh

Authored by: Rukhsana R. Chowdhury

Transcultural Humanities in South Asia

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367483715
eBook ISBN: 9781003039549
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003039549-18

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Abstract

Historically, Bangladesh has had different waves of migration originating from India and other neighbouring countries. One of these migrant/refugee communities in Bangladesh has encountered homelessness and displacement multiple times, both internally and externally. This life of dislocation and readjustment, however, has produced some very good literature. In the context of Bangladeshi political and linguistic complexities, it is poignant to observe the ‘othering’ of a literature which, by definition, is local. The process gives rise to the construction of new ‘selves’ in accordance with a new milieu. This chapter seeks to explore the impact of migratory dislocation on the works of the Urdu poets of Bangladesh.

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