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Notions of Home: Re-Locations and Forging Connections in Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones
AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies (2018)
  • Ashma Shamail, Arab Soecity of English Language Studies
Focusing on the African Caribbean Immigrants in the United States, this paper examines the work of novelist Paule Marshall, whose narratives document issues of migration, displacement, home, return, and community bonding. Paule Marshall’s first novel Brown Girl,Brownstones (1959), focuses on Selina Boyce, a second-generation Barbadian immigrant from the United States, whose search for her roots is informed by an inherent link to the Caribbean through an articulation of the dynamics of belonging. The notion of ‘home’ as a contradictory and contested trope is vital, for the writer’s foremost concern is on the overarching effect it has on the diasporic subject. Marshall grants her protagonist the space to challenge familial struggles, and reclaim her voice by re-locating to Barbados, her parental home. The protagonist’s enigmatic journey through ambivalent interspaces enables her to reconstruct bridges to the West Indies. Marshall’s examination of her young protagonist’s ‘return to the Caribbean’ reflects wider issues of diasporic identity and belonging connected to ‘home’ spaces, ancestral lands, regions, and origins.
  • Afro-Caribbean immigrants,
  • Barbados,
  • belonging,
  • diasporic identity,
  • home
Publication Date
Fall October 15, 2018
Citation Information
Ashma Shamail. "Notions of Home: Re-Locations and Forging Connections in Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones" AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies Vol. 2 Iss. 4 (2018) p. 71 - 88 ISSN: 2550-1542
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