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“Mimicry and Shame in Naipaul’s The Mimic Men and Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss.”
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Communication, Culture & Diversity @ JU (CCD@JU).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3264-9173
2017 (English)In: Comparative Critical Studies, ISSN 1744-1854, E-ISSN 1750-0109Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

In her 1943 paper “We Refugees,” Arendt addresses what still constitutes the affective torsion in the experience of displacement: the possibility of salvaging one’s shattered sense of identity in a world that denies our ability to locate it. The immigrant is often pressed for air by the stifling embrace of assimilation, and Arendt suggests rather that preserving the integrity of one’s own history opens up the possibilities of real political change. It is precisely this overarching binary dynamic in Arendt’s text between assimilation and resistance, between letting go and holding on that this paper will argue is the prevalent structure that governs the affective experience of displaced and existentially ravaged subjects in V. S. Naipaul’s The Mimic Men and Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss. In historically and culturally distinct topographies, both novels struggle to trace and negotiate the pain and the abiding shame of lost and unforgiven selves that constitute the diasporic experience.

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2017.
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Affect theory, shame, diasporic idenity, Postcolonial studies, Bhabha, Fanon
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37485OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37485DiVA, id: diva2:1145954
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2017-10-05

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