Multiculturalism and Diasporic Dilemmas

 
9788184352719: Multiculturalism and Diasporic Dilemmas

Multiculturalism has become the culture of the day particularly that of the diaspora world, though we hesitate to delete the prefix multi and we are reluctant to use the term culture as a common/uniform term for the entire globe as a common global culture irrespective of our meandering approval of the same. If we survey the Indian diaspora writings of the last fifty years we find abundance of instances that reflect upon the impression that the definition of culture has undergone a sea change and the present state of affairs is a uniform discipline that was earlier termed as chatnification or khichrification mistakenly called communal, ethnic, fanatic, fundamental, alien, strange, the other, the subaltern, the oppressed, the suppressed, the downtrodden, the ruling, the class, the caste, the regional, the religious, the sectarian, the divisive all derogatory terms, most often used to deprecate the social fabric. The present study confines its locale of study to the Indian Diaspora women writers to diagnose the culture that develops out of contact, of the indigenous and the alien, and the consequences that most likely brings about confrontation and reluctance of different sorts, a crisis of acceptability, and so on.

Culture has played a significant role in the making of bulk of Indian Writing in English. There is an assortment of writers to provide evidence for their dexterity and aptitude in this sphere. On the other hand, Kamala Markandaya believes in the fictive exploration of the human self in the context of complex cultural values as she nurtures a complex vision of human life. As an Indian Diaspora woman writer she excels because of her ample exposure to the duel culture. We do not have an autobiography and hence we have to bank on biography, diary and collection of letters though a piece of art is to be judged as it is. However every major novelist draws heavily upon her/his own life experiences. Kamala Markandaya and her theme of themes of uprootedness, racial tensions and prejudice, conflict between tradition and materialism, faith and reason, primitivism and technology, a search for one s true self, the experience of exile and alienation, with a string of autobiography - the conflict between eastern and western values, the cultural dualism. Different kinds of responses to the situation of cultural multiplicity may be diagnosed. Kamala Markandaya steers clear of all isms and ologies , chiefly concerned with presenting a slice of life, however, we view her slice with reference to characters she has created we feel it is not a slice of living reality but something tinned and preserved for a pretty long time, most often her female characters seem to be artificial and contrived.

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GAURI SHANKAR JHA is M.A. (English & Hindi): LL.B. and has done his Doctoral Research Work in American Literature (Fitzgerald). At present he is posted as Head, Dept. of English. R. F. Govt. College, Changlang (Arunachal Pradesh). He has a rich and varied experience of more than twenty two years of teaching, research, and supervising Research Scholars for Doctoral works. He is widely published in National and International Journals. He is Editor of International Literary Journals such as Reflections, Martha, Poesy, Churcha and Spectrum; he is Member of the Editorial Board of International Literary Journals such as Pegasus, Titas, Creative Forum, etc. He is the Founder Secretary/President of Writers and Writings, a Literary Forum dedicated to creativity and criticism. There are seven books to his credit, viz., Current Perspectives in Indian English Literature , The Indian Imagination of Jayanta Mahapatra , Indian English Poetry: Recent Explanations , Women Writers in English: A Comprehensive Study , A Profile of Tikhak Tangsa Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh , New Paradises: A Recent Visit to American Literature , and Values and Ethics in the Works of E. M. Forster , and other five books are in press, under publication. His areas of interests are: American Literature, Indian Writing in English, English Language and Teaching and Australian Literature.

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