REFASHIONING MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND GENDER ROLES IN DIASPORIC WORKS OF LAHIRI AND DIVAKARUNI

pooja laxman swamy

Abstract


The socio-cultural experiences associated with migration and different forms of displacement can perhaps be most appropriately captured by the concept "diaspora". A diaspora is a social construct founded on feeling, consciousness, memory, mythology, history, meaningful narratives, group identity, longings, dreams, allegorical and virtual elements all of which play an important role in establishing a diaspora reality. Expatriate writing constructs a new identity which negotiates boundaries. There is a need to realize the significance of the cultural encounter which takes place in diasporic writing, its bicultural pulls and the creation of a new emergent culture. Using gendered lenses for my objective of focusing on migrants through the vision of female writers, I will be comparing the two South Asian origin Bengali authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jhumpa Lahiri. It will focus on the diasporic sensibility present in their works and contemplate on the problematic of identity, the idea of home as conceived by these women writers.


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