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Emotional (Un)Belonging in Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love

dc.contributor.authorPérez Fernández, Irene
dc.identifier.citationComplutense Journal of English Studies, 25, p. 209-220 (2017); doi:10.5209/CJES.53268
dc.description.abstractWar and its aftermaths are at the kernel of The Memory of Love, yet, rather than only dwelling on loss and suffering, the novel explores the enabling possibilities of emotion, and love in particular, as the title suggests, through the lenses of characters who are survivors or witnesses of the devastating civil war in Sierra Leone. In this article, I shall argue that Forna’s novel encourages the reader who has not experienced first-hand such distressing events to recognize the emotional spaces of others. Drawing on Sara Ahmed’s views of emotions as openness (2004), I shall analyse the reasons behind these apparently unlikely interpersonal emotional connections. I shall examine how the main characters in the novel, Mamakay, Agnes, Kai and Adrian, establish interpersonal relations that allow them to come to terms with the ordinary spaces that surround them and eventually construct alternative emotional spaces. The narrative, thus, depicts emotions as fluid, non-static temporal positions, from where to start alternative journeys of surviving and of being. The spaces of emotion form a continuum in the characters’ lives: they are never fixed, never stable, never secured but always adapting, reinventing themselves and changingspa
dc.format.extentp. 209-220spa
dc.publisherUniversidad Complutense de Madridspa
dc.relation.ispartofComplutense Journal of English Studies, 25
dc.rights© Universidad Complutense de Madrid 2017
dc.rightsCC Reconocimiento 4.0
dc.subjectAminatta Fornaspa
dc.subjectThe Memory of Lovespa
dc.titleEmotional (Un)Belonging in Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Loveeng
dc.typejournal articlespa
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