The project's name is "Typology of Migration Myths: Theoretical/Methodological Questions", and my research deals with the ways in which migration and migrants are represented culturally in narratives about migration.
The extended area of the study is migration literature, with a focus on literary texts depicting migration to Great Britain from the Caribbean after World War 2 and from Central Eastern European countries after the EU integration. I examine in my study six selected literary texts falling into the category of literature about migration to Great Britain from the Caribbean after World War 2 and from Central Eastern European countries after the EU integration, which incorporate and challenge migration myths as propaganda instruments employed to explain and justify the origin, the structure, and the functioning of the British society as a community framed on the logic of “us” and “them” and the perpetuation of colonial asymmetrical power relations between migrants and natives in contemporary British society.
The overall purpose of the project is to develop a typological approach in the study of migration myths facilitating the understanding of historical and artistic narratives of migration. The methodological approach entails to combine the study of historical and political developments in the field of migration with the analysis of literature and related forms of fictional representations of migration.
The specific objective of the study is to explore how literature about migration engages critically the instrumental employment of migration myths as political strategy meant to perpetuate (post/neo)colonial mental models in contemporary Europe, particularly in Great Britain.
The provisional title of the thesis is: Cosmopolitan Voices: Migration, Myths, and Power in Selected Narratives of Migration from the Caribbean and Central Eastern Europe to the UK.
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