The Namesake Book
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The Namesake

  • Author : Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Publisher : HarperPerennial
  • Date : 2007-03
  • Category : Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Pages : 291
  • ISBN : 0007245890

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Gogol is named after his father's favourite author. But growing up in an Indian family in suburban America, the boy starts to hate his name and itches to cast it off, along with the inherited values it represents. Gogol sets off on his own path only to discover that the search for identity depends on much more than a name.

Analyzing American Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri s  The Namesake  Book

Analyzing American Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri s The Namesake

  • Author : Amos Wesonga
  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Date : 2018-09-13
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 5
  • ISBN : 9783668797031

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Essay from the year 2017 in the subject Didactics - English - Literature, Works, , language: English, abstract: "The Namesake" is the first novel from Pulitzer-winner Jhumpa Lahiri, focusing on the division between assimilated American children and Indian migrants. The author analyzes Ganguli family, beginning with Ashoke’s close confrontation with death when he gets through a train crash in his homeland, India. Apparently, this took place when he was reading his cherished novel by Nikolai Gogol. During his stay in the United States of America with his wife, he chooses to name his newborn child Gogol, which was a pet name. Later, this turns out to be his official name, and Gogol is oblivious of the importance behind it. Thus, this piece analyses the American identity in the novel, The Namesake by exploring the role of family, culture, and environment in shaping American identity

Interpreter of Maladies Book
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Interpreter of Maladies

  • Author : Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Date : 1999
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN : 9780395927205

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A debut collection of short fiction blends elements of Indian traditions with the complexities of American culture in such tales as "A Temporary Matter," in which a young Indian-American couple confronts their grief over the loss of a child, while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Jhumpa Lahiri s The Namesake Book

Jhumpa Lahiri s The Namesake

  • Author : Jagdish Batra
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2010
  • Category : Assimilation (Sociology) in literature
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 8178510731

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Re Orientalism and South Asian Identity Politics Book

Re Orientalism and South Asian Identity Politics

  • Author : Lisa Lau
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2012-05-23
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 175
  • ISBN : 9781136707926

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Orientalism refers to the imitation of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West, and was devised in order to have authority over the Orient. The concept of Re-Orientalism maintains the divide between the Orient and the West. However, where Orientalism is based on how the West constructs the East, Re-Orientalism is grounded on how the cultural East comes to terms with an orientalised East. This book explores various new forms, objects and modes of circulation that sustain this renovated form of Orientalism in South Asian culture. The contributors identify and engage with recent debates about postcolonial South Asian identity politics, discussing a range of different texts and films such as The White Tiger, Bride & Prejudice and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. Providing new theoretical insights from the areas of literature, film studies and cultural and discourse analysis, this book is an stimulating read for students and scholars interested in South Asian culture, postcolonial studies and identity politics.

The Namesake Book

The Namesake

  • Author : Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Publisher : Newmarket Press
  • Date : 2006-12-01
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 1557047316

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Original essays and glorious photography, stunningly designed in this unique moviebook from the director of Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair—a Fox Searchlight release. In her essay "Writing and Film," the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri writes about the experience of seeing her novel "transposed" from paper to film. "Its essence remains, but it inhabits a different realm and must, like a transposed piece of music, conform to a different set of rules. . . . To have someone as devoted and as gifted as Mira reinvent my novel . . . has been a humbling and thrilling passage." Mira Nair's essay, "Photographs as Inspiration," begins with the provocative comment: "If it weren't for photography, I wouldn't be a filmmaker." She explains how photographs help her crystallize the visual style of her films and which particular photos influenced her vision for The Namesake. These two essays, written exclusively for this Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook, introduce an amazing panoply of images of people and places shot mainly in New York and Calcutta during the making of the movie, accented by excerpts from Lahiri's bestselling novel. Six Indian and American photographers' works are represented. Brilliantly illuminating the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations, The Namesake tells the story of the Ganguli family, whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to adapt to a new world while remembering the old. The couple's firstborn, Gogol, and sister Sonia grow up amid these divided loyalties, struggling to find their own identity without losing their heritage. Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Superman Returns) stars as Gogol.

Unaccustomed Earth Book
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Unaccustomed Earth

  • Author : Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Publisher : Random House India
  • Date : 2013-09-05
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 9788184004847

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The stories of Unaccustomed Earth focus on second-generation immigrants making and remaking lives, loves and identities in England and America. We follow brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and lovers, in stories that take us from Boston and London to Bombay and Calcutta. Blending the individual and the generational, the exotic and the strikingly mundane, these haunting, exquisitely detailed and emotionally complex stories are intensely compelling elegies of life, death, love and fate. This is a dazzling work from a masterful writer.

Hell Heaven Book

Hell Heaven

  • Author : Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Date : 2015-07-28
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 50
  • ISBN : 9780345810922

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Pranab Chakraborty was a fellow Bengali from Calcutta who had washed up on the shores of Central Square. Soon he was one of the family. From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, a staggeringly beautiful and precise story about a Bengali family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the impossibilities of love, and the unanticipated pleasures and complications of life in America. “Hell-Heaven” is Jhumpa Lahiri’s ode to the intimate secrets of closest kin, from the acclaimed collection Unaccustomed Earth. An eBook short.

The Immigrant Experience Book

The Immigrant Experience

  • Author : Maryse Jayasuriya
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2018
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN : 1682176932

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"This collection focuses on the variety of immigrant experiences that have been depicted in literary works and the techniques that immigrant writers have used in fiction and non-fiction. Essays deal with issues ranging from racism and discrimination to culture shock and homesickness, from necessary attempts at assimilation to anxiety about cultural loss and a struggle to prevent erasure. Other themes include balancing multiple identities across generations and the language of refugee literature"--Provided by publisher.

The Namesake   A Psychoanalytical Interpretation Book

The Namesake A Psychoanalytical Interpretation

  • Author : Jens Pfundstein
  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Date : 2009-01-07
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 21
  • ISBN : 9783640240319

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, Saarland University (Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen), course: India & the American Dream: Fictional Examples, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In this paper, we will attempt a psychoanalytically tinted interpretation of one, if not the main character in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. To be more specific, we intend to concentrate on Gogol Ganguli. As the novel is said to portray "... conflicts that ... haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs" (Lahiri reverse of the novel), we should thus be allowed to ask what conflicts ? Is it true that there are several conflicts or is it possible that there exists only one major conflict ? With these questions in mind and the feeling that there is something in the text we are not explicitly told, we decided to try a psychoanalytical interpretation of Gogol – an interpretation which allows us to approach the text as follows: We will first provide the definitions of the basic concepts and ideas. As these concepts and ideas are not only abstract, but contradictory to a certain degree, we feel obliged to simplify and generalize these notions – without falsifying or distorting the basic concepts. Secondly, we will provide the reader with our line of argument. In other words, we will piece together the basic notions in order to form a coherent line of thought. The third step consists of an application of this line of thought to the text, which, in turn, is expected to yield new insights. As we are convinced that this approach provides new insights, we will deal with their implications in step four. This then brings us to the conclusion of the paper, which will take the form of a short summary of all our findings.

Indian Writers Book

Indian Writers

  • Author : Jaspal Kaur Singh
  • Publisher : Peter Lang
  • Date : 2010
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN : 1433106310

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Indian Writers attempt to locate diasporic voices in the interstitial spaces of countless ideologies. The anthology provides a critical examination of dislocated diasporic subjects - those who have adjusted to the dislocation well, those who have chosen the hybrid spaces for empowerment, those who are dragged forcefully to various territories, and yet those who gleefully inhabit trans-local spaces. A wide range of voices raise these critical questions: How do we read these voices? How are the voices received in various locations? Are these voices considered Indian? Do they represent Indianness, or some hybridized version of it? What is an authentic cultural identity? What, ultimately, is Indianness, or for that matter, any hard-won national or ethnic identity? Additionally, as more female writers are being read, both in the global south and in the north, the reception of these texts, particularly in an era of globalization, and in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack in the United States, raises questions on how the «other», the subaltern, is represented and read. Some writers use an assimilationist approach to the cultures of the West to such a degree that they find Indian culture monolithically oppressive, while others continue to romanticize Indianness, yet others eroticize and ethnicize the east for western consumption. The authors of the essays in this anthology examine contemporary debates in postcolonial and transnational literary criticism in an attempt to understand the often complex and hybrid narratives of the diasporic Indian subject.

Naming Jhumpa Lahiri Book

Naming Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Author : Lavina Dhingra
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Date : 2012
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 221
  • ISBN : 9780739169971

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This collection of nine essays by scholars in the fields of postcolonial, Asian American, and other literary studies explains why categorizing the best-selling, award-winning work of Jhumpa Lahiri as either universally great and/or ethnically specific matters, to whom, and how paying attention to these questions can deepen students’, general readers’, and academic scholars’ appreciation for the politics surrounding Lahiri’s works and understanding of the literary texts themselves.

Keeper n Me Book
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Keeper n Me

  • Author : Richard Wagamese
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Date : 2018-10-02
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN : 9780385693257

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When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city. Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family. The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway--both ancient and modern--by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways. By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy--as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.

Contested Spaces in Contemporary North American Novels Book
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Contested Spaces in Contemporary North American Novels

  • Author : Şemsettin Tabur
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Date : 2018-09-30
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 9781527516946

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This volume investigates the ways in which Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, Dionne Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, and Carolyn See’s There Will Never Be Another You engage with the physical, ideological, and socially constructed “real-and-imagined” spaces of colonialism, justice, diaspora, and risk. Building on a range of theoretical approaches to the production of space, this study argues for the significance of literature as a cartographic practice charting the intricacies of the socio-spatiality of human life. Through rigorous readings, this book examines each novel as a critical map that both represents and explores contested spaces and alternative spatial negotiations. These spatially oriented literary analyses contribute to recent conceptualizations of space as socially and relationally produced, open, dynamic, and contested, and enrich the existing scholarship on the novels discussed here.

American Civilization Book
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American Civilization

  • Author : David Mauk
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Date : 2005
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 404
  • ISBN : 0415358310

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This introduction to contemporary American life examines the key institutions of American society, including state and local government, geography, education, law, media and culture, with the emphasis placed on the people of America.