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Lost Trajectories of Identities: A Post Colonial reading of the Inheritance of Loss

Dr. Mukesh Kumar Pareek
Online First: May 01, 2018
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Abstract

In her novel Inheritence of Loss, Kiran Desai writes about the cultural hybridity of the postcolonial migrants and the deplorable condition of the individuals. The novel deals with her own situation of migrancy, expatriation and alienation from the mother country. Through the characters, she gives how her own dual Indian- American upbringing which results in despair. Living between East and West and the introduction of western elements in a country creates a cultural clash. The diasporic Indian writers have generally dealt with characters from their own displaced community but some of them have also taken a liking for Western characters and they have convinced in dealing with them. The acceptance of cultural hierarchy leads to some enduring personal dilemmas resulting into identity crisis. Desai’s Inheritance of Loss depicts a cross section of Indian society which leads so many cultural and political upheavals among characters. Despite political freedom, cultural differences are directly manifested through the characters. They fail to assimilate new culture and give up original culture in totality. There remains the identity crisis which many of the Indians face despite multicultural reactions which endeavors to revitalize indigenous culture and its values. The novel exhibits the sufferings and disorder of an Indian families that are entangled into a conflicts between multiple identities and cultures and cultural conflicts simultaneously. The protagonist and other major and minor characters also confront a struggle to achieve a stable identity but at the same time face so many cultural conflicts

Keyword : Identity, Cultural Conflicts, Migration, cultural clash, loneliness, Gorkhaland, Nationalism

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• Desai, Kiran. The Inheritance of Loss. New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2006. • Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. Londan and New York: Routledge, 1994. • Mishra, Pankaj. “Wounded by the West.” Rev. of The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai. The NewYork Times Book Review, 2006. • Pathak, R. S. Modern Indian Novel in English. New Delhi: Creative Books, 1999. • Cronin, Michael. Translation and Identity. London and New York: Routledge, 2006. • Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin, The Empire writer Back, Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literature (London: Routledge, 1989)
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• Desai, Kiran. The Inheritance of Loss. New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2006.
• Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. Londan and New York: Routledge, 1994.
• Mishra, Pankaj. “Wounded by the West.” Rev. of The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai. The NewYork Times Book Review, 2006.
• Pathak, R. S. Modern Indian Novel in English. New Delhi: Creative Books, 1999.
• Cronin, Michael. Translation and Identity. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.
• Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin, The Empire writer Back, Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literature (London: Routledge, 1989)
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