Negotiating with Cultural Ambivalence: A Postcolonial Study of Sujata Bhatt’s Poetry

Authors

  • Shweta Tiwari Research Scholar University School of Humanities and Social Sciences Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Dwarka, New Delhi, India.
  • Anup Beniwal Professor University School of Humanities and Social Sciences Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Dwarka, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Postcolonialism is a reaction to the unequal relationship between colonizer and colonized. It is not a historical phase but a continuous process that engages with the cultural legacy of colonialism. Colonialism aimed at homogenizing the colonized population by eradicating their cultural and ethnic diversities. The overarching colonial subjugation led to a psychological inferiority in the local population. Postcolonialism advocates the preservation of ones indigenous culture. Homi K. Bhabha was one of the most prominent figures in postcolonial studies who propounded his understanding of postcolonialism through key concepts like ‘hybridity’, ‘mimicry’, ‘ambivalence’ and ‘third space’. Indian English women poetry is a rich literary corpus that encases women’s experiences through various spatial and temporal junctures. It is important to note that in a patriarchal society women already have a secondary status by the virtue of their birth. When these women are transplanted in an alien culture, they become twice estranged. Sujata Bhatt is a befitting embodiment of multiculturalism as Cecile Sandten calls her ‘bicultural by birth and migration and tricultural by marriage’. Her transcultural exposure not only makes her poetry multivocal but also inhibits an easy classification of her as an ‘Indian woman poet writing in English’ or a Diaspora poet.

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Published

2018-07-30