Analysis Of The Identity Crisis In 'The Lonely Londoner'

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Immigrants Identity Crisis in The Lonely Londoners

Saman Abdulqadir Hussein Dizayi
Istanbul Aydin University- PhD Student

Abstract

This paper looks into the novel The Lonely Londoner by Samuel Selvon that is reviewed as a postcolonial novel. The paper examines the plight of the Caribbean migrants who traveled to England hoping that the fairytales they had been fed on by the colonizers were realistic and confined to England. The study considers the predicament that these migrants went through in their colonizer's homeland where they felt despised and derelict against their immense hope that they had when they were leaving their native islands. The paper also looks into the theme of mimicry as posted by Homi Bhabha in his postcolonial theory. By considering the view of Bhabha, the paper looks deeply into the theory advanced and how it is consequently used in the novel. Thus, the paper investigates how mimicry and hybridity have been portrayed in the novel The Lonely Londoner, and at the same time looks into how Samuel Selvon typically applied them to express his postcolonial discourse in his work.

Keywords: Postcolonialism, Identity, Mimicry, Unhomed Condition, Homi Bhabha, Postcolonial Novel.

Introduction

B lack British novel is a story about the
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They succeed in their quest to show the world that their Caribbean life can be understood just like any other. During the time when Derek Walcott started working as an author in the late 1940s, the use of a word like "breadfruit" in poetry was illegal according to the British government. The word could be literally to means that the life of the colonies was equal value to that of the

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