Cross Cultural Identity In Bharati Muukhererjee's Novels

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Bharati Mukherjee explores many facets of feminine consciousness and immigrant experience in her fictions. She has dealt with the ambivalence of their psychic and spatial identity and the trauma of dislocations at multiple levels. The impact of patriarchy on the Indian society varies from the one in the West and therefore Mukherjee has tried to evolve her own stream of feminism grounded in the truth of compulsory displacement that they recurrently undergo. Indian expatriate writers do not write from all exclusive foreignness of their identity but their writing reflects the perspective of someone caught between two cultures. Bharati Mukherjee has been especially attentive to the changes taking place in the control mechanism of south Asian women …show more content…
She recreates herself into a new personality and forms emotional ties with the place where she lives and ‘behave in accordance with a neurotic orientation.’ Mukherjee’s novels and short stories express the same dislocations and the neurosis in their wandering impulse and their deliberate search for materially better life. They migrate to the West and consequently face tension of adaptation and assimilation. She depicts the cross-cultural conflicts and shows how her heroines turn febrile and phantasmic to take control over their destinies.
Mukherjee’s writing largely reflects her personal experience in crossing cultural boundaries. In novels such as Jasmine, The Tiger’s Daughter, Wife and The Desirable Daughters, as well as in her award winning short stories, Indian born Mukherjee adds to her character’s multicultural background a delicate undercurrent of translational upsurge which sometimes expresses itself through violence and existential disorderliness. Mukherjee’s women characters such as Tara Cartwright, Dimple, Jasmine or Tara Chatterjee, all quest for a location and show a subaltern dread and anxiety to be visible. They are not concentric to adopt racial stereotype at the cost of identity. They accept a mutative change through displacement and replacement of
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Naturally the husband becomes an adversary when he is not as per her fantasies. Adverse conditions faced by the female characters in the novels of Bharati Mukherjee are faced with clarity in case of Hannah Easton, with ferocity by Devi and resilience to survive by Jasmine and someone like Dimple ends up in a bloody quagmire and all of them face dislocation and mutation.
Mukherjee’s women are constantly combating the unresolved contradiction between culture and location in order to exist in a world of ‘othernesses.’ This othernesses could not be limited to new culture, but in the process of the assimilation of the contraries, a silent rupture exist within their own identity. It is persistently the negotiation of self and other or the mutation outside, unleashes a split space which consists in the free play of dislocations and politics of

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