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제목 모신 하미드의 『서쪽으로의 출구』: 이주를 바라보는 더 넓은 시각
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Moon, Hae In. “Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West: A Broader Perspective on Migration.” Studies in English Language & Literature 49.4 (2023): 23-45. This paper aims to explore a broader perspective on migration by analyzing Exit West written by Mohsin Hamid. According to Kevin Kenny, whereas diaspora in an old sense homogenizes all members of a given migrant group based on their homeland, diaspora in a more flexible and critical sense focuses on how migrants interact and reveals the variations among members of a same migrant group. He argues that diaspora in the flexible sense is more usable in understanding of migration because even people who leave the same place during the same period can do so for different reasons and the character of every migration changes over time. In Exit West, Saeed and Nadia can be seen as examples of members of a same migrant group who pursue different values. Saeed, who has the nationalist attitude, feels comfortable with people who share the same nationality, religion, and language with him, while Nadia, who has the cosmopolitan attitude, enjoys interacting with people from different backgrounds with her. The change of their relationship throughout their journey from homeland to Mykonos, London, and Marin shows how the character of every migration changes over time. Also, the short insertion scenes in each chapter offer an alternative perspective on migrants and migration. (Seoul National University)

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