Searching for self in scattered shards: A study of Jhumpa Lahiri's postmodern narrative whereabouts

Batra, Jagdish (2022) Searching for self in scattered shards: A study of Jhumpa Lahiri's postmodern narrative whereabouts. IUP Journal of Engllsh Studies, 17 (1). pp. 180-188. ISSN 0973-3728

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Abstract

Jhumpa Lahiri has been hailed for the authentic portrayal of diasporic life of the people from the Indian subcontinent settled in the US. In her earlier works, she had focused more on the externals so that the internal was obliquely revealed. In the present novel Whereabouts, however, Lahiri becomes an introvert and focusses more on the inner thoughts and sentiments of a protagonist whose nationality does not count for much. The narrative directly reveals the co-relation between the external stimuli and the resultant inner reaction which leads to self-realization. Lahiri’s narrative, as always is delicate and shorn of linguistic flourishes, and yet highly successful in retaining the interest of the reader.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Indian English fiction | Diary | Indian diaspora | Multiculturalism | Assimilation | Minimalism
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Language and Linguistics
JGU School/Centre: Global Languages Centre
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 06:21
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2022 06:21
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/3634

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