Kazuo Ishiguro Multiculturalism

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In Ishiguro’s novels The Remains of the Day and Unconsoled it is deliberately foreground the problematic engagement of the individuals with the concepts of globalization. They respond against attempt of global capitalism in describing hybrid cultural and diasporic forms in homogenizing, absolutist and pseudo-liberating terms. One such attempt , is to define the experience of diasporic as a self-empowering , unproblematic cosmopolitan project, neglecting the problems and inequalities in power that illustrate when transacting between the connection to the homeland and the need to fix to a cultural realm that is foreign. For instance Paul Rainbow described Diaspora as a global ontological connection and announced that "we all are cosmopolitans …show more content…

Cultural hybridity is falsely glorified and commodified as it "resonates with the globalization mantra of unfettered economic exchanges and supposedly inevitable transformation of all cultures"(Hybridity or the Cultural Logic of Globalization or the Cultural Logic of Globalization, 10). Ella Shohat also argues that such a glorification of hybridity "fails to discriminate between diverse modalities of hybridity, for instance internalized self-rejection forced assimilation political co-optation, social conformism, cultural mimicry and creative transcendence "(Notes on the Post Colonial Moral, …show more content…

The novel is a kind of cosmopolitan fiction as observed by Thomas Peyser as it "takes as it subjects those phenomena such as pervasive cosmopolitanism, transnational group affiliations , international flow of capital cultural hybridity, the increasing mobility of workers across the sovereign nations" (How Global is it: Walter Abish and the Fiction of Globalization, 240 ). By analyzing The Remains of the Day it aims to display how an over generalized identity in cosmopolitanism appears and its connection to a process of globalization , the consequences of this sort of cosmopolitanism and the ethical complexity which push the protagonist to question , ultimately bury their own transnational

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