Transitional Identities and the Unhomed Space in Monica Ali’s <i>Brick Lane </i>and Tishani Doshi’s <i>The Pleasure Seekers<i>

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  • Sagarika Chattopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India
  • Jaya Shrivastava, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India

Abstract

The diaspora appears to be an expansive space, in which the individual must constantly move through a complex maze of ever evolving identities that are embedded in the specific conditions of his or her diaspora. These evolving identities determine and influence the way in which an individual relates to the diasporic experience and imagines himself/herself and the home. This article explores and analyses the conflicts, affirmations and appropriations of the “home†comprehended through the processes of “unhoming,†“dislocation†and “identities†as they emanate and evolve within the diasporic space, in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003) and Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers (2010). The in-between space that separates and bridges the private and public spheres at the same time, is analysed for the agency it exerts in subjecting identities to the conditions of hybridisations, fixations or states of constant transit. Contemporary theorists from the Postcolonial and Diaspora literatures suggest a move away from essentialist conceptualisations of the nation and culture to a more discursive discourse in contextualising the complex process of home-making. This article attempts to foreground the subtle interactions between the processes of home-making and visualise emergence of an altered notion of home and identities that transgress the fixations of locating and dislocating.

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Author Biographies

Sagarika Chattopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India

Sagarika Chattopadhyay is Ph.D. student in English at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore. Her areas of research include South Asian Diaspora literature, Transnational fiction and Postcolonial literatures.

Jaya Shrivastava, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India

Jaya Shrivastava is Ph.D. student in English at the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore. Her areas of research include South Asian Diaspora literature, Transnational fiction and Postcolonial literatures.

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Published

2012-06-15

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Chattopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India, S., & Shrivastava, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India, J. (2012). Transitional Identities and the Unhomed Space in Monica Ali’s &lt;i&gt;Brick Lane &lt;/i&gt;and Tishani Doshi’s &lt;i&gt;The Pleasure Seekers&lt;i&gt;. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 6(1), 113–125. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/240

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