LANGUAGE IN INDIA

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Volume 12 : 9 September 2012
ISSN 1930-2940

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Quest for Identity in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruniís Queen of Dreams and Jhumpa Lahiriís The Name Sake

R. Malathi, M.A., M.Phil.


Focus of This Paper

This paper is based on my M.Phil. dissertation entitled Quest for Identity: In the novels of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruniís Queen of Dreams and Jhumpa Lahiriís The Name Sake. The initial part of this paper (as presented below) maps out the stream of Indian Diaspora fiction in English and the biographical details about Chitra Banerjee and Jhumpa Lahiri and their literary works. The later sections deal with the theme of Identity Crisis as depicted in Queen of Dreams and The Name Sake. Finally, the paper also discusses Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jhumpa Lahiriís innovative use of narrative techniques employed in these novels. A summing up of the research findings is presented at the end.

Introduction

Indian English Literature refers to the body of work by writers in India who write in English language and whose native or co-native language could be one of the numerous languages of India. It is also associated with the works of members of the Indian Diaspora, such as V.S. Naipaul, Kiran Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri and Salman Rushdie, who are of Indian descent. Diasporic literature comes under the broader realm of Post-Colonial Literature - the production from previously colonised countries such as India.


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R. Malathi, M.A., M.Phil.
Lecturer in English
P.K.N. College
Tirumangalam
Tamilnadu
India
malathi.mphil88@gmail.com

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