Postcolonial migration and strategies of resistance in Safi Abdi's a mighty collision of two worlds and offspring of paradise
Nyongesa, Adrew Wafula
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The focus of this project is the examination of identity politics and acts of resistance staged by migrant characters living overseas as represented in San Abdi's Offspring of Paradise (2004) and :1 Alight)' Collision ofTwo Worlds (2002). Over the years, literary critics have explored the impact of' transnational migrations on identity negotiations of immigrants from Africa and Asia in western cities. However, postcolonial migrant literature from East Africa has received sparse critical attention. This is against the reality that literary works from East Africa, especially from Somalia, profoundly depict the phenomenal postcolonial migration. Using selected strands of postcolonial theory. the study investigates the role of hybridity in textualizing migrant identity Iorrnation. The study then evaluates fixity and hybridity as modes 0(' resistance. Finally. the characters are analysed to show how the two modes express concerns typical of migration literature as a genre. The ideas of Stuart Hall, Frantz Fanon, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha will form a theoretical basis for interpretation. The study is a comprehensive qualitative library research that will proceed via close reading of primary, secondary texts and refereed journal articles.