Tag Archives: homing desire

A Diaspora Study of Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Published)

In the postmodern age, under the effect of rapid means of communication and transportation, migration occurs and it has given rise to mutations in diasporic self. Ultimately, diasporic conflicting identity has become at the stake and diasporas often become an irreversible historical entity that leads to them towards home and homing desire. This paper explores the split identities of Indian-American diaspora in Desai’s prestigious novel, Inheritance of Loss (2006). It also underpins how troubled relationship between the first and second generation of immigrants have impacted their dispersed identity. It also unearths the lives of immigrants, their pungent diasporic experience with split identity and its fragmentations; and then their inevitable survival in the migrated locations. The paper practices diaspora theory to analyze the novel through the model of Avtar Brah as a theoretical framework that is drawn according to the research methodology.

Keywords: Diasporas, Home, Migration, diasporic self, homing desire, split identity

Confused Identities: A Diaspora Study of Aamer Hussein’s Cactus Town and Other Stories and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (Published)

Confused identity under the diasporic subject has become a crucial entity of the postmodern age that is creating the socio-political and economic interventions resulted by diasporic space. This space paves a new way for diaspora-native relationship; leads towards identity crisis of the diasporas, pinching question of hybrid identity and ultimately, towards assimilation. This research paper is going to explore the dispersion identity of diasporas by living in the host land as a product of native’s otherness and the sense of belonging to the home in Hussain’s literary enterprise, Cactus Town and Other Stories (2002) and Ali’s novel, Brick Lane (2003). The paper unearths how homing desire of the dispersed diaspora is the product of the otherness of the natives and their issues related to conflicting identity by focusing on Brah’s concept of native superiorized diasporic space: a diversion of the interpretation of natives.

Keywords: Assimilation, Otherness, confused identity, diasporic space, homing desire, hybrid identity