New book by Joanna Antoniak

It is with great pleasure that we inform you about the release of Joanna Antoniak‘s monograph Faces of Immigrant Fatherhood: Portrayal of  Immigrant Fathers in Selected Asian-Canadian Diasporic Fiction (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu, 2024).

Joanna Antoniak’s Faces of Immigrant Fatherhood is an attempt to determine how immigrant families – and immigrant fathers in particular – are portrayed in the late twentieth-century Asian-Canadian diasporic fiction. Through the analysis of three novels – The Electrical Field (1998) by Kerri Sakamoto, Disappearing Moon Café (1990) by SKY Lee, and No New Land (1991) by M.G. Vassanji – this book discusses the aforementioned depictions in the context of different diasporic experiences and problems faced by Asian immigrants in Canada. Highlighting the complexity characterising the concept of fatherhood not only allows a more critical examination of the Western portrayals of immigrant fathers but also provides an opportunity for an in-depth look into the impact migratory experiences – such as immigration and transgenerational trauma, identity crisis, hybridisation, rootlessness, issues with acculturation and assimilation, racism, and longing for homeland – have on the representation of immigrant fatherhood.

Joanna Antoniak, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Comparative Studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She is the author of numerous articles focusing on diasporic literature, which constitutes the main focus of her academic pursuits. Her other academic interests include depictions of masculinity in literature and media, postcolonial literature, and Brexlit.