STRAIN OF DISPLACEMENT AND VOICE OF EXPATRIATION IN JHUMPA LAHIRI’S THE NAMESAKE
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 5685-5689
AbstractIn this paper, an attempt is made to examine the strain of displacement and voices of the expatriationin Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. It is through experiences of dislocations, translocation, and re-locations that diasporic or migrant writers learn to live with multiple, often contradictory, notions of the self and community. It is an attempt to fill the gaps in the trajectory of these innumerable diaspora journeys, whereby the emphasis would be to read diaspora in the light of globalization, transnationalism and notions of hybridity, and arrive at a point where diaspora would become synonymous with a state of revival and replenishment abounding in newer possibilities of change and empowerment. In The Namesake, Lahiri reflects the second or third generation immigrant life in the light of two separate cultures and their failure to cope with the host land. In most of the stories, the cross-cultural tie exposes the conflict inherent to a hybrid identity resulted from the negotiation between different cultures.
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