NEGOTIATING IDENTITY IN POSTCOLONIAL SPACE: A CRITICAL STUDY OF SELECTED SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORIC FICTION
Naik, Showkat Ahmad
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Delineating identity is a very complex phenomenon because identity has many factors contributing to its development that differ from scenario to scenario. Identities are part of history in which they evolve and are subject to constant change and transformation. Therefore, phenomenon of identity, an enigma till now, has become more enigmatic due to the emergence of postcolonial space, because of the blending in of different identities in it. Postcolonial space created after wide-ranging resistance with intellectual and diplomatic dexterity is intended to exploit the myth that dissenting voices can never be absolutely silenced. However, the paradox that lies amid the postcolonial space is that chaos perpetuates order. For that reason, this thesis is an attempt to illuminate that all noticeable instabilities cannot be identified underneath the heading of chaos as sometimes the assumption of certain negative terms may be used as much in the facility of backing up to remove whatever is made obligatory. There are some postcolonial diasporic writers who describe postcolonial spatial scenario and show how the canon of South Asian English Literature has flourished itself to some definite expectations by forging a counter-Orientalist discourse. Brick Lane by Monica Ali, Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid and Home Boy by H.M. Naqvi are novels that are drenched with issues regarding the notion of identity in postcolonial space particularly in the diasporic contexts. These authors in their respective novels traverse into the new suburban to negotiate identity of the different characters and expose the dilemmas they go through.