AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 2, Number 3. August   2018                                    Pp.68- 84

Representations of Family Relationships and Generational Conflicts in the Works of British Writers in Diaspora

Department of English
School of Foreign Languages, The University of Jordan
Amman, Jordan

Department of English,
School of Foreign Languages,The University of Jordan
Amman, Jordan


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This paper aims to discuss representations of family relationships and generational conflicts in the works of British writers in diaspora in the context of British multiculturalism. This study argues that in the context of multiculturalism, generational conflicts ensue between first-generation immigrants and their British-born children for various reasons. While the parents attempt to retain their roots and to belong to their homelands, second-generation children struggle to maintain a balance between submergence into mainstream culture and negotiating flexible identities. The paper also points out that paternal conflicts are the result of the clash of ideologies, emotional alienation, and lack of communication. These concerns will be examined in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000).

Cite as:

Adi,F.,& Al-Shetawi, M. (2018). Representations of Family Relationships and Generational Conflicts in the Works of British Writers in Diaspora. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 2 (3).


Adi Faten has just obtained her PhD in English Literature from The University of Jordan. She has
got her Master degree in Language, Literature, and Civilization: British and American Studies
from The University of Constantine 1 (Brothers Mentouri) in 2012. Her research interests are in
Modern British and American Literature, Third World and Postcolonial Literature, and Feminism.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000/0002-8764-1577

Al-Shetawi Mahmoud is a professor of English literature in the Department of English at The
University of Jordan. He got his MA and PhD degrees in English literature from The University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA). Al-Shetawi published many essays and scholarly research
papers on Shakespeare, the English novel, and comparative drama. His main interest lies in
Shakespeare and the Arab World, the contemporary novel, Arab-American drama and theater and
representations of Arabs and Islam in Anglo-American drama and theater. Al-Shetawi is currently
working on a book entitled Shakespeare’s Journey into the Arab World: Studies in CrossCultural Encounters. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8783-6032