Exile and Expatriation in selected poems of Yasmine Gooneratne
Dr. S. Vindhyavali
Like many of the other terms in postcolonial theory and discourse that popularly suggest detachment from metropolitan or local spaces, “exile” has been deployed as a concept beyond simply a forced removal from a given physical location. Exile in everyday use invokes images of individual political dissidents sent overseas or large groups of people banished to distant lands, forming various Diasporas. In these cases there are sometimes presumptions that the exiled are different from casual migrants who forget their original homelands and form new allegiances with the places in which they settle. Exiles retain a sense of (be) longing to/for a real or imagined homeland. Exile in the form of migration has been the cause of emergence of a large number of writers who have given direction to the progress of English Literature. In fact it was the colonial powers that made most people aliens in their own country – firstly through linguistic displacement. As an academic with special interests in eighteenth century English Literature, the new literatures in English, and in Sri Lankan Writing in English and Sinhala, Yasmine Gooneratne was invited to take up a position at Macquarie University. Compared with the situation of many new migrants, her future was assured and relatively untroubled by the day-to-day uncertainties which traumatize many of those for whom economic security and the negotiation of an empowering identity within an English – speaking culture are significant barriers to successful settlement.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 6

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