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Volume 1 Issue 11

April 2015

A Study of Cross Cultural and Self Identity in Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife
Ms. G. Jamuna, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
OAS Institute of Technology and Management, Pulivalam,, 
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. N. Gejeswari, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University Constituent College, Orathanadu,, 
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India
Bharati Mukherjee is an Indian-born American novelist, short story writer, non-fiction writer and journalist. Presently she is working as a Professor in the Department of English in the University of California. Totally, she has written eight novels. She has received National Book Critics Circle Award for Middleman and Other Stories in 1988. Bharati Mukherjee has married a Canadian writer, Clark Blaise on September 19, 1963 who was a student of Harvard University. After getting married to Clark Blaise, she got an opportunity to teach all over the United States and Canada. Her works mainly focuses on the phenomenon of migration and self- identity. Her novels depict how contemporary women struggle for their identity and accomplish self-hood in alien countries. She focuses on cross cultural conflict and self-identity. The paper discusses the protagonist Dimple Dasgupta’s problems psychologically and socially. In her writings, Bharati Mukherjee reflects on the basic idea, self- empowerment, which is essential for any human being and one can equipoise between the characteristics and the blending, can produce character like Jasmine and the imbalance in personality leads to someone like Dimple.
Cross Cultural Identity; Self Identity; Bharati Mukherjee; Wife.
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