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Portrayal of Inter-generational Conflicts in Select Novels of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and JhumpaLahiri

*Sujatha Girish

Research Scholar (Ph.D)

 

**Dr. Payel Dutta Chowdhury

Professor & Director

School of Arts & Humanities

REVA University, Bengaluru

 

 

 

Abstract

 

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jhumpa Lahiri are well known and highly accomplished diasporic writers with many laurels. Both the novelists have their roots in Kolkata of India and are now settled in America. Their connections with Bengali culture are evident in their works. Both the authors known for their sensible projection of immigrants’ issues, cultural clashes and their identity crisis have effectively portrayed the inter-generational clashes between the immigrants of first generation and the second generation in their respective works. The protagonists of the novels who are the first generation immigrants, struggle to bring up their children in a foreign land trying to keep them connected to their Indian roots and culture. The children, as second generation immigrants, find it difficult as they are completely disconnected with the Indian culture leading to inter-generational conflicts between the parents and the children. The parents experience a sense of alienation while the children experience emotional dichotomy. Each generation of Indian diaspora experiences cultural clashes in different ways.  The families go through turbulent times as immigrants. This paper attempts to trace and analyse the portrayal of inter-generational conflicts in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novels, The Queen of Dreams and Before We Visit the Goddess and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. The paper also aims to locate how the symbols of identity used by the immigrants with context to their stay in America differ between the first and second generation immigrants in the select novels.

Key words: immigrants, inter-generational, conflicts, diaspora, cultural clashes, alienation, dichotomy, identity crisis, symbols

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