Where Are You Really From? Raman Mundair's Poetic Resistance to Asian-British Cultural Objectification

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Abstract

Raman Mundair's poetry interrogates the cultural and political tensions between subject and object, and powerfully contributes to the canon of transformative Black British writing in the early twenty-first century. Her collections confront scenes of racism and interrogate the possibility of a genuinely multicultural Britain, as she grapples with some of the ugly complexities of the racism she has faced as a first-generation South Asian migrant to the UK, particularly through the signifier of skin as a visual benchmark against which self-identity is constructed. Raman Mundair tells the stories of a new generation of Britons, for whom skin and accent are less significant than intellect and voice, and for whom the constraints of history will eventually become a distant memory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-43
JournalThe Yearbook of English Studies
Volume51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2021

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