International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 8, Part G (2015)
The conflictual components in Bharati Mukherjee’s migrant aesthetics and postcolonial subject formation: A study of Jasmine
Dr. Rajib Bhaumik
Mukherjee’s women characters are not free from the memory of silent repression of the native tradition or the same ‘split screen’ of self. An important change of perspective occurs when they land in an alien hub. They suffer displacement, both physical and psychological and the ambivalence at the source of traditional discourses creates confusion and chaos when instantly infused by the splinters of another location of culture. Jasmine does not lack intellectual, emotional and psychological depth but initially it seems that she is more on superficial aping of the Western behavior pattern than self-assertion of any meaning. Before she undergoes mutation after several dislocations, she suffers from some erratic panting for space, the identity of which was not known to her. In the portrayal of the transformation of a docile Indian wife into an aggressive Indo-American woman there is clear suggestion of a diasporic predicament-the relocation of culture.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Rajib Bhaumik. The conflictual components in Bharati Mukherjee’s migrant aesthetics and postcolonial subject formation: A study of Jasmine. International Journal of Applied Research. 2015; 1(8): 399-402.