'Eating words': alimentary motifs in Shirley Geok-lin Lim's poetry

Hock Soon Ng

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    In diasporic literature, alimentary motifs tend to play oppositional roles in relation to nostalgia: either they are evoked to reify longing for homeland, or to disavow it. Closely linked to these roles, and especially pertinent to immigrant women, is also food s function as critique of ideology. This essay explores food and food-related motifs in Shirley Geok-lin Lim s poems to elicit the paradox of nostalgia inherent in them, while also demonstrating their further complication of nostalgia as a concept.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)55 - 71
    Number of pages17
    JournalAsiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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