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Reconciling Identities: The Diasporic Bengali Woman in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake

By Reshmi Lahiri-Roy


Themes of home, belonging and space reverberate through Jhumpa Lahiri’s 2003 novel, The Namesake. This paper focuses on the negotiation of diasporic identities in transnational and transcultural spaces by the three main women protagonists in the narrative. Ashima, Moushumi and Sonia all shape and reshape their diasporic identities through personal ideologies which are located within the outlines of broader postcolonial and sociological discourses. The paper uses certain postcolonial and cultural studies insights along with sociological concepts in the process of highlighting the similarities and differences in the women’s transcreation of their identities

Topics: Diaspora, Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
Year: 2015
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