DIASPORIC CONSCIOUSNESS IN NEEL MUKHERJEE’S A LIFE APART AND AMIT CHAUDHURI’S ODYSSEUS ABROAD
Pages: 164-171 Published: 11 Aug 2016
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Abstract: Amit Chaudhuri and Neel Mukherjee are UK-based Indian-origin writers who deal with the question of diasporic consciousness in many of their works. The focus of the research is to investigate the angles of the diasporic consciousness concept depicted in the novels Odysseus Abroad (2015) and A Life Apart (2010). Both novels deal with young Indian-origin protagonists living in England who struggle with self-identification. Once they start their journeys in the far-away country, they realize that they are different and each of them deals with this discovery in his own way. “Odysseus Abroad” and “A Life Apart” highlight the questions of loneliness, isolation, homesickness and attempts to adjust. The protagonists have different expectations from their move to England and are anxious to be included, as they only half-belong to the world they are in. The novels are conspicuous examples of diasporic literature and are analysed from the postcolonial and diasporic literary studies’ point of view.
Keywords: diasporic consciousness, diasporic literature, indian diaspora