Adoption in one format or another has been a practice common in many different societies and cultures throughout the centuries. However it is only recently that the growing occurrence of international and transcultural adoption has emerged. The focus in this paper is on how different narratives portray transcultural adoption. It thus explores different facets of recent adoption narratives in the particular context of international and interracial adoptions. The narratives highlight the particular nature of dealing with different cultures of birth and adoption, having to adapt and learn both at different points in time. The chosen narratives include imagined stories written by authors who are not themselves directly implicated in adoption, fictions, poems and essays written by adoptees, as well as autobiographical search narratives.
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Mémoire de Nantana McKinlay