Meera Syal's "The Traveller": Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes.

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  • Author(s): PEREIRA-ARES, NOEMÍ1
  • Source:
    Atlantis (0210-6124). Jun2020, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p1-19. 19p.
  • Document Type:
    Short Story
  • Additional Information
    • Alternate Title:
      "The Traveller," de Meera Syal: su alegoría feminista y posteriores ecos.
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      "The Traveller"
      Black British feminism
      Meera Syal
      short story
      sisterhood
      feminismo negro británico
      relato corto
      solidaridad femenina
      Language of Keywords: English; Spanish
    • Abstract:
      Committed to the exploration of the female experience--specifically the South Asian female experience--Meera Syal has often woven a feminist subtext into the fabric of her works. This is probably nowhere more evident than in "The Traveller" (1988), an allegorical short story that constitutes Syal's more sustained effort to produce a feminist text per se. However, whereas Syal's novels and screenplays have been accorded considerable critical attention, "The Traveller" has been largely overlooked. This article aims to help rectify this imbalance by reassessing the importance of this text within Syal's oeuvre. Drawing on feminist discourse, it also provides a detailed analysis of the story, unveiling and examining its feminist allegory. As I contend, "The Traveller" provides a critique of the universalising tendencies at the core of much Western feminism, whilst also enunciating the coming into being of Black British feminism in the 1970s and 1980s. This notwithstanding, through the figure of the "traveller," a strong metaphor throughout, Syal's story also creates common ground, highlighting the need to recognise both differences and commonalities and to build bridges amongst South Asian women living at both ends of the East-West divide. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
    • Abstract:
      Comprometida con visibilizar la experiencia femenina y, más concretamente, la realidad de la mujer surasiática, Meera Syal es una escritora cuyas obras incluyen a menudo un subtexto feminista. Un claro ejemplo de esto lo encontramos en "The Traveller" (1988), un relato corto de carácter alegórico que incorpora una marcada agenda feminista. Sin embargo, podría decirse que, frente a otras obras de Syal, este relato ha sido ampliamente ignorado por la crítica literaria. El objetivo de este artículo es contribuir precisamente a rectificar este desequilibrio, reevaluando la importancia de este texto dentro de la obra de la autora. Apoyándose en trabajos críticos de corte feminista, el artículo también pretende proporcionar un análisis detallado del mencionado relato, revelando y examinando la alegoría feminista que encapsula. Como se expone a lo largo del artículo, "The Traveller" se erige como una crítica a las tendencias universalizadoras sobre las que se ha sostenido el feminismo occidental, al tiempo que enuncia la aparición del denominado feminismo negro británico en las décadas de 1970 y 1980. A pesar de esto, a través de sus densas metáforas, el relato de Syal también enfatiza la idea de comonalidad, destacando la necesidad de reconocer tanto las diferencias como los puntos en común, así como la pertinencia de establecer vínculos entre la experiencia femenina en el subcontinente indio y sus diásporas. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Universidade da Coruña
    • ISSN:
      0210-6124
    • Accession Number:
      10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01
    • Accession Number:
      144333428
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PEREIRA-ARES, N. Meera Syal’s “The Traveller”: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes. Atlantis (0210-6124), [s. l.], v. 42, n. 1, p. 1–19, 2020. DOI 10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=fap&AN=144333428. Acesso em: 22 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      PEREIRA-ARES N. Meera Syal’s “The Traveller”: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes. Atlantis (0210-6124). 2020;42(1):1-19. doi:10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01
    • APA:
      PEREIRA-ARES, N. (2020). Meera Syal’s “The Traveller”: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes. Atlantis (0210-6124), 42(1), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      PEREIRA-ARES, NOEMÍ. 2020. “Meera Syal’s ‘The Traveller’: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes.” Atlantis (0210-6124) 42 (1): 1–19. doi:10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01.
    • Harvard:
      PEREIRA-ARES, N. (2020) ‘Meera Syal’s “The Traveller”: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes’, Atlantis (0210-6124), 42(1), pp. 1–19. doi: 10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      PEREIRA-ARES, N 2020, ‘Meera Syal’s “The Traveller”: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes’, Atlantis (0210-6124), vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 1–19, viewed 22 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      PEREIRA-ARES, NOEMÍ. “Meera Syal’s ‘The Traveller’: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes.” Atlantis (0210-6124), vol. 42, no. 1, June 2020, pp. 1–19. EBSCOhost, doi:10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      PEREIRA-ARES, NOEMÍ. “Meera Syal’s ‘The Traveller’: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes.” Atlantis (0210-6124) 42, no. 1 (June 2020): 1–19. doi:10.28914/Atlantis-2020-42.1.01.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      PEREIRA-ARES N. Meera Syal’s “The Traveller”: Its Feminist Allegory and Later Echoes. Atlantis (0210-6124) [Internet]. 2020 Jun [cited 2020 Oct 22];42(1):1–19. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=fap&AN=144333428