The Return of the Native, But Not Alone! in Tishani Doshi’s <i>The Pleasure Seekers</i> and Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s <i>Secret Daughter</i>

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  • Sajalkumar Bhattacharya, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, West Bengal, India

Abstract

Transnationalism has failed to become an unqualified boon because of the threats of neo-colonialism ingrained in it. This has put the Expatriate Indian novelists in an even more uncomfortable position lately, as a feeling of otherisation continues to haunt them at both entry and exit points. Hence, to resist the threats of neocolonisation and xenophobia, to overcome feelings of aloofness and loss incurred by the diasporic movement, and finally, to reaffirm their closeness to India, a clutch of contemporary Expatriate novelists have “returned†to the site of Indian family. In most cases, the presented picture has been utopian, but in its exhilarating nature and expansiveness, the site can, as the writers have attempted in showing, be effectively projected as a succour to the fractured life of the West. Consequently, the site has always remained an object of desire to all those who have been dislodged from it. My paper aims to read Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers (2010) and Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s Secret Daughter (2010) to explore this issue.

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Author Biography

Sajalkumar Bhattacharya, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, West Bengal, India

Dr. Sajalkumar Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, West Bengal, India where he has been teaching since 1996. In April 2004, he was invited to attend the 19th Oxford Conference on the Teaching of Literature, held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK, where he presented a paper on “Teaching Literature in Indian Classrooms.†His areas of interest include Nineteenth Century British Literature, Indian and other New Literatures in English and Bengali Literature. He has authored a book, In Search of Some Blessed Hope: A Critical Inquiry into Hardy’s Meliorism, and has presented and published papers extensively both in national and international journals.

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Published

2012-06-15

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Bhattacharya, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, West Bengal, India, S. (2012). The Return of the Native, But Not Alone! in Tishani Doshi’s &lt;i&gt;The Pleasure Seekers&lt;/i&gt; and Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s &lt;i&gt;Secret Daughter&lt;/i&gt;. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 6(1), 132–141. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/242

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