Metafictions, Migrations, Metalives: Narrative Innovations and Migrant Women’s Aesthetics in Giannina Braschi and Etel Adnan

By Ljudmila Mila Popovich.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Showcasing Giannina Braschi’s novel Yo-Yo Boing! (1998) and Etel Adnan’s In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (2005) as representative of a leading-edge imaginative force, I explore how migrant women writers create for themselves a new position within the arena of the contemporary U.S. cultural production and social agency. For them, migrancy, and its consequent existential form of metalives, necessitates multiple positionality that, in turn, produces multiple reflexive modalities. Sharing an understanding that mimesis itself is a form of displacement, these authors create alternative aesthetic states inhabited by characters who experience synchronously multiple placedness in the world. From their gendered and migrant perspectives, their particular aesthetic means enhance, enlarge, and elucidate the capacities and the conditions of postmodern subjectivity. Furthermore, they ground their aesthetics in the women’s bodies. As a habitation and the site of negotiations with the self, the body is not only a locus and an apparatus of individual enunciation but it becomes a chronotope of their novels. Granted that migration alters one’s psychogeographic orientations, their spatial reconfigurations of the embodied self produce rhetorically, structurally, and imaginatively innovative narratives which mark not only the U.S. but also the global fiction production in remarkable ways.

Keywords: Contemporary American Literature, Women’s Writing, Migrant Women Writers, Migrations, Metafiction, Narrative Innovations, Feminine Aesthetics

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.117-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 776.813KB).

Ljudmila Mila Popovich

Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Literature Program, University of Colorado at Boulder, Denver, Colorado, USA

Ljudmila Mila Popovich is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2010, she was inducted as a junior fellow into the World Academy of Art and Science. She is the author of the monograph entitled Cinemagic Realism: Magic Realism in International Cinema (2009). Her doctoral dissertation focuses on migrant women’s writing in contemporary U.S. Literature. In addition to critical writing, she writes and publishes poetry in her native Montenegro as well as in the United States. Her areas of study are American literature, literature from the former Yugoslavia, women’s studies, international cinema, literary and film theory, politics and aesthetics, and theories of postmodernism.

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