Articulating the Voices of Neo-nationalism: Bharati Mukherjee’s novel Jasmine
Bharati Mukherjee is a writer who always rejects hyphenation to describe herself. She considers it as racist to be called an Asian-American writer. Her writings are shaped by her Diasporic identity, immigrant experiences, and her personal experience as a woman. In her works, Mukherjee represents India, as a postcolonial writer who affiliates with the West, and she articulates the voices of neo-nationalism. One of the significant aspects of Mukherjee’s writings is that it is not oppositional to mainstream American culture and society but represents the voices of “the new America.” A parallel can be found in the endorsement of American nationalism by Mukherjee and the canonization of her fiction and other writings. Critics like Timothy Brennan consider Mukherjee among what he calls Third-World cosmopolitan writers and hails these writers for their vision of democracy and freedom. This paper offers a critical evaluation of the representation of neo-nationalism; freedom, democracy, and boundless possibilities and opportunities, in Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine.
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