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Globalization and Cultural Texts
1/10/17
Brick Lane Discussion
Basics:
Cover:
Mannequin (docile, able to be molded)
Nazneen and her friends talk of returning home but she never does (she stays in London)
Book focuses on changes for women instead of men
Impressions:
Not a page turner
Talked about immigrant life well without assigning blame
Realistic in that the letters to each other seem real
Sentimental at the end with the ice skating scene
o This is Eglad; ou a do hateer ou like
Snow globe references:
o Utopian scene is symbolic
Ideal that you can keep living over and over again (just turn it upside-down so
that the snow falls again and again)
Nazee’s life haged so fast so the so gloe is soethig that if ou shake
everything changes and it can happen again and again
Because they stay in a bubble and associate with people of similar language and culture as their home
country, after decades of living there, they are still foreigners
Affair:
Became more of her sister (who ran off with a cook)
Came to London and transformed into a more modern woman
o Karim is there only so that the reader can see the transition that Nazneen is
experiencing and her changing into a more independent, rebellious, modern woman
East End:
Dagerous plae eause ski heads ould oe i ad eat people up
National Front: white supremacy
o Blatant racist act towards locals
o Globalization took control and the National Front moved out of East End and the
immigrants formed their own gangs
Satire:
Criticized having arranged marriages ad husads epetig ife’s to e oediet i
Bangladesh but then in London, the Bangladeshi women are out of control
To e a iigrat is to lie out a traged
Indian and Bangladeshi women are more liberated in London
Chanu wants to show his family Buckingham Palace at the end of his stay in the UK and he
dresses like an American in shorts to appear as a tourist
o Cultural fusion does’t ru deep for Razia ut does for Nazee
o Wats to e a tourist eause he’s ee stuk i a ule for his time in the UK
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o Realized that he’s eer reall lied i Eglad eause he has’t see ad eperieed
where he is living
o When he returns home he will be asked whether he saw the main tourist attractions
Themes:
Fate
Self-control
Role of women in Muslim society and how it can change once the context changes
Clash of cultures
o Hybridized (clothes from both cultures)
Racism
Class issues
Difficulty of being Muslim post 9/11
Does globalization leave you stuck in between two cultures?
Written in 3rd person makes it lack depth and is not very compelling
o 1st perso ould hae ee too harsh o ester ulture so ook ould’t sell
Monica Ali had to compromise somewhere
Censorship in speech
o Women taught to not speak out against husband
o Book mirrors this reserved speech
Cultural Gatekeepers:
MLK, Morgan Freedman, Denzel Washington
o People who are respected in the community who represent their race to the public
o Lodo did ot hae ultural gatekeepers i the ’s ish-2003 (When Monica Ali
writes her book)
Characters:
Nazneen:
Lacks likeable traits
Stuck between 2 cultures
o Coped by not doing anything and remaining stuck between Muslim Bangladeshi and
London
Born in East Pakistan in 1967 and book continues through 9/11/2001
o Born stillborn
o Fate brought her back to life
o Parents were not going to take her to hospital and they were going to leave her
o Fated tragic child
Most of ook takes plae i ’s (when she comes of age)
Married to Chanu and takes fate into her own hands
o He lives in London and she moves there to be with him
o Small rebellions
Not folding socks, cutting corners etc.
Has to do crappy stuff and is stuck as a servant to Chanu
Unspoiled girl from small village becomes a citizen of London
o Goes out into city and explores/gets lost (similar to study abroad)
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Cover: mannequin (docile, able to be molded) Nazneen and her friends talk of returning home but she never does (she stays in london: book focuses on changes for women instead of men. Ideal that you can keep living over and over again (just turn it upside-down so that the snow falls again and again) Naz(cid:374)ee(cid:374)"s life (cid:272)ha(cid:374)ged so fast so the s(cid:374)o(cid:449) glo(cid:271)e is so(cid:373)ethi(cid:374)g that if (cid:455)ou shake everything changes and it can happen again and again. Because they stay in a bubble and associate with people of similar language and culture as their home country, after decades of living there, they are still foreigners. Satire: criticized having arranged marriages a(cid:374)d hus(cid:271)a(cid:374)ds e(cid:454)pe(cid:272)ti(cid:374)g (cid:449)ife"s to (cid:271)e o(cid:271)edie(cid:374)t i(cid:374) Monica ali had to compromise somewhere: censorship in speech, women taught to not speak out against husband, book mirrors this reserved speech.

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