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The deterritorialization of home and identity in Brian Chikwava’s harare north and Chris Cleave’s the other hand

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2020
Kaygısız, İsmail
The issue of migrancy has been spotlighted in the millenial London novel, in which there are many different approaches to issues of multiculturalism, both affirmative and pessimistic, Britishness and otherness. Moreover, these issues entail a questioning of the notion of identity and home that are exposed to transformation in the course of migration. The in-betweenness in the sense of identity and home can best be explained through the concept of deterritorialization. The aim of this thesis is to analyze comparatively the deterritorialization of home and identity in Brian Chikwava’s Harare North and Chris Cleave’s The Other Hand in the light of Deleuze and Guattari’s and Arjun Appadurai’s conceptualizations of the term from within the context of migrancy, specifically refugeehood and irregular migration. In the former work, the narrator, a fanatical Mugabe supporter from Zimbabwe, undergoes a selfdestructive deterritorialization, losing all he has and thinks as to his identity and home, whereas in the latter, one of the two narrators, Little Bee as a Nigerian teenage refugee girl reflects on globalisation and consciously creates a new identity free from essentialist perceptions.