Diaspora and Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth: A Feminist Analysis
Abstract: Women in Jhumpa Lahiri’s works are often found isolated in a diasporic world. They fall into a complicated situation when they begin their life in a new country. They are mostly identified as complex, intelligent, and questioning women who are not happy with the status quo and turn rebels against the established order. Lahiri presents women’s subjugation, motherhood, quest for identity, cultural and generational conflicts, marital tension, and the lack of communication between people in Unaccustomed Earth. Indian women immigrants in America are caught between the Indian traditions they left behind and the different alien world that they have to face. They are subjugated under patriarchy and are forced to adopt diasporic culture. In a new diasporic culture, they form a new identity – their daughters, who represent the second generation, experience the same hurdles as their mothers. This paper seeks to explore the status of Indian immigrant women’s identity in America, the identity crisis of their daughters, and the uncertainty of American women.
Keywords: feminism, diaspora, double subjugation, motherhood, subaltern
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Published in 2017