We all cross frontiers; in that sense, we are all migrant peoples.’ In her novels, Bharati Mukherjee has dealt with such moving metaphors of culture- their displacement, dislocation, mutation and translation. Postcolonial transnational counter-textuality began by affirming the contestation between estrangement and search for identity. The counter-textual mood of anti-colonial or nationalist writing finds its resources in the transcultural restlessness of writers such as Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Michael Ondaatje and Bharati Mukherjee. However, Mukherjee’s position is different from
ix, 630.) Liberty in Time and Space: A Commentary on Ducharme The book was written by Michel Ducharme which is an indispensable article to Canadian historiography. It takes colonial ideologies seriously. The comparison between two ideologies in different colony, Republic liberty and modern liberty. This is a kind of combat in constitutional soul between Upper Canada and Lower Canada.
The text imaginatively captures what it means to be an exile, an illegal migrant in a hostile Western culture. Jeff Lewis in his article, “From Culturalism to Transculturalism” tries to clarify the concept of transculturalism. Lewis argues that, By its emphasis on the problematic of contemporary culture, most particularly in terms of relationships, meaning-making and power formation... transculturalism is
In this belief, Bhabha seems to stress the redefinition of identity within colonial space in which dialogue between who has dominated and who has been discriminated, occur. It is worth observing that blending cultural practice within diasporic and multicultural society causes the redefinition of one’s identity. The theory of cultural hybridity is considered apt to the issues represented in Anita and Me. Meena, the main character in the novel is an example of an individual with a background whose identity is influenced and formed by the multi
Each socio-cultural factor led to various conflicts like insecurity and lack belongingness. In turn these conflicts manifested themselves in to existential issues and alienation. In this backdrop, this chapter looks at The Foreigner through different analytical prism to that of alienation and existentialism. The basic determinants of conflict are generally socio-cultural factors. Hence, in this chapter conflict in The Foreigner is analysed through socio-cultural factors that actually gave birth to conflict in the novel.
It is obvious that the increasing interest in “life writing” is related to an uncertainty about the own identity in the modern and post-modern age. Discussions about “narrative identity” or in that way identities are constructed indicates that identity is perceived as something constructed that bears similarity to literature. The noble-price winning Canadian author Alice Munro reflects this tendency in her short story “No Advantages” by depicting a protagonist who travels to Scotland to reconstruct the life-story of her ancestors. I will argue that her story leads the readers to think about the conditions of narrative identity as such. To conclude, I will come back to life writing in a Canadian context in more detail to shed light on the discussion to which Munro might react.
This novel of Desai demonstrates multicultural societies from the whole world. Alienation is such a theme which occurs frequently in the novel. This is also a recurring issue of many of the post-colonial Indian English writers. In a postcolonial setup, the subjects concerning homesickness, rootlessness, patriarchy, oppression have been studied through the lens of migration and
‘The Shadow Lines’ depict the traumatic partition riots which took place in history, it implies the shadowiness of the border ‘lines’ of nations. To the author these are the lines which bring people together and to the contrary hold them apart, the lines which are clearly visible in perception on one hand but are abstract constructions on the other, which bane cross border humanity and perturb the lives and situations of a large number of people across it. The concept of identity is based on duo dynamics of uniformity and differential and thence the quest for national identity interrogates the constructional process of the same, that whether a nation can be a homogeneous entity at all? In the novel, the narrator recalls his past when icky notions and envy had envenomed the congruous lives of Hindus and Muslims. The narrator’s uncle, Tridib, who was an iconic figure for the narrator, whose intellect and knowledge was he smitten by, fell as a helpless dupe to the infuriating frenzy of the communal riots in 1964 and lost his life.
The Cultural Conflict: An Analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies Manoj Kumar (Research Scholar, Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Allahabad) Email- email@example.com Abstract The present paper tries to analyze cultural and social theme that we face in the fiction of Jhumpa Lahiri, one of the most dazzling authors of diaspora. The topic of culture is always a matter of interest especially when it has to do with an alien setting. Lahiri’s characters represent different social walks of life and always find themselves caught in two different worlds, one that they have left behind and other in which they try to adjust and thus face a cultural conflict. This cross cultural conflict is always present is most of her stories. The immigrants especially in America easily become accustomed to the tradition and culture and find it suitable to settle there but the craving for their
The concept of dislocation and trans-migration occupies a significant position in the construction of culture and ideologies. It generates theory and defines positions as it constructs new identities which negotiate boundaries and confines, and relate to different temporal and spatial metaphors. In a trans-migratory condition, cultures go across boundaries, transgress lines and take root after multiple dislocations, and the transplanted subjects feel nostalgia, or experience amnesia amid contestation and ethnic disavowal under specific conditions. Such migration has resulted in most cases politically and socially mobilizing category of nationalism in a transgressive space. The ethno-cultural history of North Bengal is based on such challenges