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Keywords : identity


A Critical Peep into Identity Crisis in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland

Dr. Prem Bahadur Khadka

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 579-582

In the discourses of literary analysis the theme of identity is a prominent one. As it is the phenomenon through which a human being gets access into the physical world of existence. But sometimes he/she may suffer from uncertainties and confusions into which his/her identity becomes insecure and suffers from subsequent identity crisis. The Lowland by diaspora writer Jhumpa Lahiri is such kind of novel. It was published in 2013. The plot is centered around two significant events i.e. Marxism and nostalgic sentiment of the characters. The recollections of the characters lead the readers to feel about native land. In this novel The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri has centered her perspectives on the political aspects of postcolonial India. The novel examines lives and conflicts across India and America spanning over fifty years, leading the narrative technique of shifting between two geographical locations and the past and present. Jhumpa Lahiri’s works are a spontaneous outlet of her personal life. She was born in India; her parents were Bengali descendants, brought up on the eastern coast. This critical paper attempts to give a thorough analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland. The issue of identity is conspicuous in the novel and various characters could be analyzed with respect to this. Among many characters one such major character is Gauri, an Indian woman. She became widow and married the brother of her ex-husband. When after marriage of Gauri the couple moved to USA, she started finding her unprecedented multiple (possibly present and the future) identities. Hence, the critical paper endeavors in discussing Gauri’s changes of identity and subsequent crisis throughout the narrative. The discussional article is grounded on theory of identity and its pertinent ideas. It uncovers how migration became a remarkable experience and influenced identity of Gauri.

Quest for Cultural Identity in Select Works of Toni Morrison

Dr. Prem Bahadur Khadka

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 583-589

The leading example of Afro- American novel writer Toni Morrison belonged to an excellent wordsmith, a political worker, a dedicated scholar and an honest humanitarian. Toni Morrison has recently earned the highest appreciations for literary excellence and for her distinguished career as an academic. She is also an economist, a Nobel Prize laureate, and a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Moreover, she was also awarded with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature from the Universities of Oxford, Rutgers, and Geneva. Toni Morrison's professional resume is both academic and artistic accomplishments, but her enduring accomplishment is her literary legacy. Toni Morrison's writing is completely fluid and impressive. Her novels are excavations of the human psyche by uncovering the basic elements of the humanitarian soul in its cruelest and most dark scenarios. A respected voice of an acclaimed writer such as Toni Morrison can be heard from each beat of her sentences. This critical paper is an intense exploration of search for identity and entity in select novels of Toni Morrison. With this paper an endeavor has been made how the black people; especially the so-called ‘other’ who are labeled obnoxiously by the superior whites; articulate their voices in the colonized Africa. In this respect of postcolonial discourses no other writer is as copacetic as Toni Morrison in the realm of literature of Black transnational feminism.

Knowing the origin of the Deoris of Assam in the broader context of Folklore

Atrayee Kashya

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 9, Pages 1952-1958

In the contemporary society we are constantly struggling to go back to our roots and to maintain
our ethnic identity. ‘Who am I?’ is a question that has been scrutinized by us in diverse forms in
our lives. How important do we think folklore in defining cultural identity? Culture is the
creative expression of a particular society through its symbols, stories, ballads, myths, literature,
art, music and for some its institution. An oral composition may be added to or subtracted from at
any time and by different people. The date regarding the historical background of the Deoris is
largely wanting due to scarcity of relevant ancient documents and other evidences. Regarding the
origin and pre-history of the Deori community few legends as well as traditional songs can be
considered as these appear to have represented real facts. How does a community foster its bond
between people and their folklore and exactly which of its aspects relate to the society at large:
the themes, the language, the forms, or the particular tales, songs and proverbs? The forms of
folklore are thus regarded as the cores at the hearts of artistic forms. Identity is an outcome, a
condition created largely through heritage which may or may not be conveyed through rituals as
the vehicle of transmission. The Deori culture is facing danger from the clutches of globalization
and striving hard to flourish. Such endangered culture so sprung -up by the nature thousand
years past now deserve preservation and propagation by the government itself from being extinct.
Thus, this working paper is a humble endeavour to deal with the notions of authenticity, locality,
vitality of oral culture and cultural identity of the Deori Community, in the realm of folklore.

Search Of Identity: A Thematic Analysis Of Ben Okri‟s Select Novels

Dr. Digvijay Pandya; Mr. Vijay Anand

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 7, Pages 6121-6125

A mundane reading and review of Ben Okri’s fiction leads readers to believe and categorise it as fiction containing common post-colonial themes. A nation born out of shackles of colonialism facing cold was situation, the impending struggle between colonizers and the colonized, corruption, female subjugation etc. are few of the themes readers think are prevalent in Ben Okri’s fiction. But a closer examination of his fiction ushers us into his techniques and literary style with a newness, interweaving simple plots and characters into complex ones giving it a unique identity. One can easily notice how his fiction which has deep insight of African traditional practices presented in a modernized way, shows myriad of themes with a blend of traditions and modernism or bildungsroman and Kunstler roman, all covered and webbed in a quest of identity for a Nigerian who is relegated to oblivion, who seems to be lost since his birth, who has been downtrodden throughout his life, who has been oppressed and has endured atrocities of colonialism, who has been deprived of justice and social equality, who has bruised on his face whenever he has tried to object and question the people in power, who has been victim of political unrest and cold war, who hasn’t lost his spirit and has refused to give in to the hardships of life. Versatility of themes, evident in the varied range ofOkri’s writing, right from novels to collection of short stories and poems, is a deep reflection of his thought processes, a testimony of his undying spirit and endeavours to establish an identity.