racialization and the formation of identity in jhumpa lahiri's interpreter of maladies

racialization and the formation of identity in jhumpa lahiri's interpreter of maladies

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on the effects of Racialization in three of the ten stories from Interpreter of Maladies namely In Jhumpha Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, the identity formation of the South Asian-. American characters Das's revelation shows that it can also signify disconnection and not belonging, because. Bo

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DR R R AJMOHAN 1P a g e RACIALIZATION AND THE FORMATION OF IDENTITY IN JHUMPA LAHIRI'S INTERPRETER OF MALADIES DR R RAJMOHAN Associate Professor Department of English K S Rangasamy College of Technology Thokkavadi Tiruchengode 637 215 (TN ) INDIA This paper focuse s on how Racialization impacts the identity formation of the South Asian American characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ In particular, the focus is on the effects of Racialization in three of the ten stories from Interpreter of Maladies namely “When MrPirzada Came to Dine”, “ Interpreter of Maladies”, and “Sexy”, because they encompass a variety of relationships and points of view The analysis on three stories comprehends the complexities involved in the lives of people settled in an a lien land They find themselves “Misfits” both in their native land as well as in their living land Colour serves as the mark of identity for the characters in Lahiri’s three novels Through her characters and their experiences, Jhumpa Lahiri has debunked the Myth that ‘Race’ is the determining factor of identity INTRODUCTION ‘Post Colonialism' generally suggests a range of global cultural developments that has existed since the Second World War Post Colonialism distinctively signifies the period in which the cultural, economic and social events constituted marked the decline of European imperialism Theories of post colonialism deal with a wide range of metaphysical, ethical, methodological and political concerns The post colonial perspective has disruptive potential because the effects of colonialism in a curious way, foreshadowed current post structuralist views and concentrates on the DR R R AJMOHAN 2P a g e encounters and negotiations of differential meanings and values within 'Colonial Textuality', its governmental discourse and cultural practices The fact, that Lahiri's work has received both critical and popular acclaims, points to her ability to convey both historical and contemporary realities of Asian American life to a mainstream reader Lahiri is the first South Asian to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize Her stories weave into the lives of

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