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Volume 2 Issue 12

June 2015

Negating and Celebrating Roots: Negotiating Dialectical Ways of Identity Formation in Two Postcolonial Bildungsroman - Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
Mr. Arindam Ghosh, 
Junior Research Fellow, 
Department of English, 
University of Calcutta, 
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
This paper attempts to discuss the issue of writing bildungsroman in the Postcolonial context which essentially involves the issues of displacement, rootlessness, exile and the accompanying sense of identity-crises, trauma and alienation, while forming one’s self in a changing environment. This paper discusses two texts in the context of writing bildungsroman in the Postcolonial scenario - one is Leslie Marmon Silko’s Native American novel Ceremony (1977) and the other Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine (1989), an Indian diasporic novel - in order to explore two different modes of identity-crises and alienation and the discovery of ultimate escape route in two different Postcolonial contexts. This paper aims to show that how negotiation of identity radically varies from one Postcolonial context to another and is always unstable, shifting and relational.
Bildungsroman; Identity; Postcolonial; Rootless; Native American; Diasporic; Alienation.
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