They struggle to maintain their identities while trying to shake them off at the same time. As Terry Eagleton writes in “The Idea of Culture”(2000) that the very word ‘culture’ contains a tension between making and being made most Diaspora writers concentrate on generational differences in exploring how new and old Diasporas relate to their land of origin and the host culture. Often their major concerns in works are split and flowing nature of individual identities. The rootlessness, coupled with the indifferent attitude of host culture adds to sense of otherness and
Bharati Mukherjee is one of thewell-known Indian born American writers. She is an Immigration writer whose novels mainly emphasis on themes like immigration, assimilation, alienation dislocation, culture shock and identity crisis. Colonization and decolonization have led to the upsurge diasporic literature. Many people have migrated to the alien land for greener pastures i.e by their profession and the other reason for migration is colonization.These migrated people have to confront different cultural problems in the alien land which is completely contrast to their home land. All the protagonists of Bharati Mukherjee have migrated to foreign country but, their roots always remain in their homeland.The present paper is an attempt to explore the protagonist’s alienation in foreign land and the process of assimilation to the western culture in the novel Desirable Daughters.
Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) has been a long-lasting leading figure in the American literature who embodied a myriad of identities; she was a Puritan, poet, feminist, woman, wife, and mother. Bradstreet’s poetry was a presence of an erudite voice that animadverted the patriarchal constraints on women in the seventeenth century. In a society where women were deprived of their voices, Bradstreet tried to search for their identities. When the new settlers came to America, they struggled considerably in defining their identities. However, the women’s struggles were twice than of these new settlers; because they wanted to ascertain their identities in a new environment, and in a masculine society.
In Unaccustomed Earth, Lahiri explores the theme of migration and displacement with her typical poetic style and immense emotional involvement. Most of the stories in the book are often dominated by an omnipresent sense of loss and insecurity. The process of self-reconstruction portrayed from generational viewpoints occupies the central space in the collection. Lahiri contemplates on alienation of her protagonists mostly resulting in psychosis and frustration. Lahiri questions the social and cultural implications of Indian immigrants as part of a minority that thrives in the United States and highlights a new American identity for them.
Introduction The book is written by Monica Pradhan. She was born in Pittsburgh and lives nowadays with her husband in Toronto and Minnesota. Her love for novels grew in elementary school. Until now she has written one book, the Hindi-Bindi club. I chose this book, in behalf of someone recommended this book to me.
The story emphasises that the past lives in the present and the present is shaped by the past. As Kaul rightly points out, “future experience is thus contained via memory in past narration” (Kaul, 1995 : 307). Amitav brings out pointlessness of drawing lines across nations and the story highlights the need for co-existence and tough humanitarian tangles amid cultures, over-looking personal, regional and political considerations. This novel is the work of an renowned author,
Diasporic Consciousness in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss Vijayalakshmi K.S Assistant Professor, Department of English, Vels University, Chennai – 600 117 Abstract Diasporic writing occupies a significant place between countries and cultures. It deals with the problems of alienation, displacement, existential rootlessness, nostalgia, quest for identity of the immigrants. As a diasporic writer, Kiran Desai exposes all of these ideas in her works. This paper intends to explore the ethnic consciousness of some characters in Kiran Desai’s novel The Inheritance of Loss who understand the fact that they can never establish their identity in an alien land and finally become conscious of their origins and roots. The immigrants face identity
Abstract: Tharoor is essentially a novelist with a difference in as much as he strives for novelty in his fiction. All his novels testify to his unique and distinct treatment of the subject-matter. A book of great moral, religious, social and political complexity, Riot : A Novel is a dossier of the tumultuous relationship between the East and the West represented through the characters of V. Lakshman and Priscilla Hart. On the surface Riot: A Novel appears to be a tragic story of a twenty four year old New York University doctoral candidate Priscilla Hart, visiting the small town of Zalilgarh as a volunteer with the population control organization HELP US, but a more profound insight into the novel brings out a bitter truth about a society afflicted with self-imposed banes having their roots in history and which with the passage of time have crushed the very spirit and soul of Indian ethos. In a quite unique and interesting manner, the action of the novel begins at the end with a newspaper report of the gruesome murder of the heroine, Priscilla Hart, whose stay in India was because of her fieldwork for her doctoral dissertation.
This makes his rise and fall inevitable. The human values, ‘Dharma’, ‘Artha’ and ‘Karma’ are disturbed in ‘The Financial Expert’. According to Harish Raizada, ‘The Creation of Margayya, a tragi-comic and an ambiguous financial expert, is R.K.Narayan’s special contribution to Indo-Anglian fiction. The title of the novel as well as the name of the hero echoes with
A STUDY ON THE NOTION OF ECCENTRICITY IN R.K.NARAYAN’S SWAMI AND FRIENDS AND THE BACHELOR OF ARTS. Dr. M.R.Kumaraswamy Assistant Professor of English Gobi Arts and Science College Gobichettipalayam, Tamilnadu. Email: email@example.com Introduction: The term eccentricity may be defined as the state or quality of being eccentric and according to the Oxford English Dictionary it means “unconventional and slightly strange.” Eccentricity, either as a streak or as a full-fledged nature, in the cortex of Narayan’s characters, depicts the oddity or whimsicality in human nature. However, a close reading of the novels by Narayan reveal that eccentricity seems to be the novelist’s strategy to focus on life’s basic inconsistencies. At the outset the typology of eccentricity makes one aware of the rather alarming number of the eccentrics in Narayan’s novels.