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Gender and nationalism in the early fiction of Flora Nwapa

’ of human history covered by The Temple of My Familiar – has continued to hold out much promise of communion and liberation. The South African dramatist Gcina Mhlope, for example, has expressed her loyalty to this mythical maternal entity, speaking of the ‘Women of my country’ as ‘Mother Africa’s loved daughters’.21 Motherhood remains closely linked to the configuration of African, Caribbean and South Asian women’s identities in many of the sociocultural contexts they inhabit.22 Yet the problematic facing motheroriented women is whether and how such apparently

in Stories of women
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more specific marker of a strident female British Asian consciousness which is actively involved in a process of re-imagining the manner in which identity is framed. As Hussain tells us, ‘South Asian women have redefined the very idea of South Asianness and South Asian womanhood within both the minority and majority cultures as they give voice to their resistance to oppression.’42 The issue of female solidarity has always been of great importance to Syal. ‘The Traveller’, for example, tells of women who have lost their wings to the ‘land of the wingless’, a fable for

in British Asian fiction