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Volume 2 Issue 1

November 2015

Progression of Gauri (Self) in Jumpha Lahiri's The Lowland
Dr. S. Suganya, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bharathiar University Post Graduate Extension Centre, 
Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Indian Diaspora with its magnificent development has an influential survival in the field of literature. During the post-independence period in India, the Indian Diasporic community has developed and become more responsive, and it comes as a result of their increasing recognition by the West. Rootlessness and searching for the roots become identical concept for the diasporic writers. The search for ‘home’ and the transformation of the identities are an integral part for the writers to deliver the scenario with lot of effectiveness. Jhumpha Lahiri through her novel The Lowland portrays deliberately the situation of women in India and abroad through the character Gauri and her existence in Tollygunge and in Rhode Island. She never recovered from the guilt of marrying her husband’s brother, for deserting the place where her husband died. The native and dislocation of home appeared again and again as the innermost themes in the writings of Indian diasporic writers. The same happens to Gauri in this novel and it is an experience often comes from memory for all this community writers that is, a memory of loss, of leaving the home, of not having any soul-connection with the host country and it can be said that the diasporic literature always enacts as a type of bridge between two diverse cultures.
Keywords
Alienation; Diaspora; Identity; Survival; Women.
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