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The New Scots: Migration and Diaspora in Scottish South Asian Poetry

Fraser, Bashabi


Bashabi Fraser


Scott Lyall


This chapter examines the poetry of Scottish South Asians, the "New Scots" who bring a whole history of displacement, dislocation and relocation with them, as their memory of the "elsewhere" enters their writing. Their voices are significant as they embody multicultural Scotland with postcolonial dialects that signify an encounter in the Third Space where they are affected by and affect the "host" community. This chapter will question whether the writing of "New Scots" has added more than just "colour" to Scottish Poetry, as it traces the recent migrant history and analyses the lives and "voices" of diasporic communities as evident in their poetry. The objective is to assess how the new "voices" have blended in, expanded and/or challenged the boundaries of what defines Scottish Poetry, and determine whether they form a "community" of poets distinguished by the complexity of their regional allegiances, both past and present.

Acceptance Date Sep 9, 1999
Publication Date 2016-05
Deposit Date May 30, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 214-234
Book Title
Community in Modern Scottish Literature
ISBN 9789004317451
Keywords South Asian poetry; New Scots; migration; diaspora; culture; identity; transnational; multicultural; global postcolonial; displacement; Third Space;
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