Psychological Journeys in Diasporic life: A Study of Works of Jhumpa Lahiri and Bharati Mukherjee

  • Monica Balyan PhD Scholar
Keywords: Key Words: Psyche, Diaspora, Migration, Homeland, Hostland, Exile, Identity, Alienation

Abstract

This paper examines the migratory experiences of the immigrants and the role of psyche in their life which is well portrayed in the works of Jhumpa Lahiri and Bharati Mukherjee. It attempts to diagnose the problems of aggravated psyches and tries to resolve the complications associated with it. The comparative analysis of these texts demonstrates that a merging identity is dependent upon a return to the protagonist's roots either by the protagonist or medium which is closely associated with them.  Their identity keeps shifting from past to present and vice versa. They are living in the contrasting experience of association and dissociation through psychological journeys. The migrants keep travelling to their ancestral homeland and in the process develop a value system that reflects the manifold identity.

Key Words: Psyche, Diaspora, Migration, Homeland, Hostland, Exile, Identity, Alienation

Author Biography

Monica Balyan, PhD Scholar

Monica Balyan is currently a PhD Scholar. She has also worked as an Assistant Professor (Ad Hoc and Guest Faculty) with Delhi University. Her research interests include Diaspora Studies, Stylistic Studies, Indian Writings in English, and Victorian Literature. She has published research papers/chapter (book) in reputed national and international journals.

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Published
2019-11-05
How to Cite
Balyan, M. “Psychological Journeys in Diasporic Life: A Study of Works of Jhumpa Lahiri and Bharati Mukherjee”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 6, no. 4, Nov. 2019, pp. 25-34, http://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri/article/view/407.
Section
Research Papers