IDENTITY IN DIASPORIC FICTIONS: A STUDY ON NAFISA HAJI’S THE WRITING ON MY FOREHEAD (2009)

Authors

  • Lakhyajit Nath

Abstract

The concept of ‘diaspora’ is derived from the Jews in Palestine before their permanent
settlement. Though it relates the physical movement from one place to another, it is also linked
to the psychological, mental, societal, religious notions of every migrant individual. So, diaspora
means the communities who share the same beliefs and values and who are forced to or
voluntarily leave their homelands and settle in a ‘new land’. This phrase therefore includes many
terms like refugee, migrants and so on. These people maintain a tight relationship with the places
where he or she was born and was attached emotionally or psychologically with the belief,
traditions and values provided by the “home land”. The aim of this paper is to give a brief
description about identity crisis in Asian American diasporic fiction with the references to Nafisa
Haji’s The Writing on My Forehead. Though the narrative of the novel is basically about the
Pakistani immigrants in America and England, the novelist depicted the Indian Pakistani
diaspora during the partition of India in 1947. Most of the Asian American novels deal with such
issues like diaspora, multiculturalism, hybridity etc. This paper also focuses the sufferings of the
migrant people basically the people who have moved to America from Pakistan. In postcolonial
writing the diasporic essence became one of the most important themes.

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Published

2020-12-01

How to Cite

Lakhyajit Nath. (2020). IDENTITY IN DIASPORIC FICTIONS: A STUDY ON NAFISA HAJI’S THE WRITING ON MY FOREHEAD (2009). PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology, 17(6), 7294 - 7304. Retrieved from http://mail.palarch.nl/index.php/jae/article/view/2108