Journal article / Emigrants’ Experience in Deepak Unnikrishnan’s ‘Temporary People’

Menon, Priya. ‘Pravasi Really Means Absence”: Gulf-Pravasis as Spectral Figures in Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People’. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Published ahead of print, 3 March 2020.

Abstract: Deepak Unnikrishnan’s debut text, Temporary People, attempts to explore certain vulnerabilities and anxieties of transience that accompany emigrants to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, where citizenship is not an option.
By representing one of the largest Gulf diaspora in contemporary history—the Keralan emigrants or pravasis—as spectral figures and as absence-presences that signal a non-present presence in the Gulf, Unnikrishnan’s book attempts to retrieve and register their occulted histories on the Gulf landscape.
In particular, this article explores how, by creating a Keralan Gulf-pravasi spectre, Unnikrishnan critically engages with a more varied version of Gulf diasporic experience and, therefore, a more complex definition of emigration itself.

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Reposted from Kerala Scholars eGroup

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