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Jhumpa Lahiri’s works in transition : towards a new space

ISBN: 9783838217581
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Origin: DE
Release Date: November, 2023

Book Details

Critical discussions on Jhumpa Lahiri’s works are rampant, but they are confined to her short stories and fictional writings. This book offers a fresh perspective by showing how she gradually shifts her identity from a fiction writer to a non-fiction writer. And, more importantly, her adherence to the ‘Italian phase’ in academia has not previously been the subject of such a thorough critical investigation. There is a sudden change in her writing and her choice of language; she prefers Italy and the Italian language to English and Bengali. Such spatial as well as linguistic dislocation leads her towards a new space in which she anticipates her freedom of choice, confronts difficulties, and often gets confused, too: to be in Italy or not to be. What this book seeks to touch upon is how Lahiri’s fictional as well as nonfictional writings bring out her and her fictional characters’ translational & transnational existence reinforcing her literary motto ‘I translate, therefore I am’. It is of special interest to students as well as scholars of Diaspora and Migration studies.