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Volume 3 Issue 6

February 2018

Negotiating Identities: The Cultural Psychology of Indian Immigrants in USA
Ms. Aditi Abhishikta, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Andhra University, 
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Mr. Anahat Siddharth, 
Student, 
Department of English, 
Andhra University, 
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Abstract
Narratives are a powerful force of sharing individual stories in endeavoring a clear understanding of the human existence and experience. In the words of Gayatri Spivak, “It is with narratives that a literary critic negotiates’’ (1998). The contribution of diaspora literature depicting identity and representation is quite significant in this regard. The identity of an individual is vulnerable to the various elements of any diaspora like religion, language, culture, cuisine and the arts. An explorative study on the psychological issues of Indian diaspora gives the evidence of the challenges at a deeper sense of identity and self-awareness experienced by the expatriates. In the course of history immigrants have absorbed themselves with different cultures, languages, social and economic spheres equipped by the multi ethnicities abroad. But they cannot be away from their original cultural heritage and a deep sense of attachment with the home land. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is one of the prominent Indian American expatriate writers in the canon of Indian writing in English. Being a postcolonial writer, Divakaruni has fetched different shades of identity intricacies challenged by the immigrant women in an ostentatious way through her literary creative. Going through a period of metamorphosis the immigrant women’s experiences of being ‘in between’ and the ‘makeover’ with courage; the relationship in the family and community, the bond of sisterhood is vividly represented in the writings of Divakaruni. The author’s protagonists not only undergo an internal vigorous conflict within themselves but externally with the existing social norms and myths of imaginary homeland. They witness their identities being re-critiqued, re-defined and re-deemed with a wide experience of turmoil arisen from emotional and physical dislocation. This paper intends to make a careful analysis on specific ethnicity and gender in terms of author and her primary characters in diaspora literature by envisaging on the concept of immigrant psychology and identity formation.
Keywords
Identity Crisis; Diaspora; Fragmented Self; and Immigrant Psychology.
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