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Maternal Bodies in Vi Khi Nao’s Fish in Exile: Ploughshares

In Vi Khi Nao’s Fish in Exile, Ethos and Catholic are grief-stricken at the deaths of their infant children. It is Catholic, however, between deciding to tie her tubes and her husband’s fixation on her reproductive organs, whose body undergoes substantive change and becomes directly conflated with trauma and death. When Ethos’s mother arrives and relays her cannibalisitc, incestuous desires, the mythological, metaphorical, and monstrous aspects of the maternal body are further expanded upon with vibrant, lush poeticism resulting.

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Sue Rainsford