Migration and Diasporas
In the past several years the situation of Muslim immigrants seems to have become increasingly complicated in the British society. In particular, second or third generation Muslim youths are burdened with difficulties such as high unemployment rate and anti-Muslim backlash or so called Islamophobia. These difficulties can cause them to feel isolated and then frustrated at society. Moreover, we can see a growing concern with increased levels of criminality in this group, especially after the nationwide child sexual exploitation scandal.
In this situation, Muslim writing itself has recently become newsworthy and we can see the proliferation of autobiographies, memoirs, novels and movies by young British writers of Muslim heritage. The British Muslim has become an object of great interest, and allows us to learn more about a previously unknown and marginalized community.
I will investigate the literary works of several authors of South Asian descent who are second or third generation migrants living in contemporary Britain. In addition to that, I will analyze the memoirs of those survivors of sexual exploitation who describe British Pakistani men as their perpetrators. I will also examine the dynamics of their identities and images in the modern British society.