How are landscape and space portrayed in the narratives of South Asian female writers and what role do they play in the formation of a national and cultural identity? Many Indian authors of the Diaspora, writing in English, are involved in a quest for identity. This is revealed through their characters, their construction of social, cultural and historical meaning and through their relationship with the homeland, whether real or imaginary. Landscape and space in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss also play a fundamental and active role in the narrative and in the discovery of meaning, identity and identification. Whereas time in a novel is a dynamic factor allowing the reader to move between the present and the past, landscape and physical spaces are usually apparently solid and unchangeable. They are charged with history, culture and meaning. It is through them or around them that social action develops and identity is also constructed. I wish to explore some of these issues in my paper.
|Keywords:||South Asian Writers, Diaspora, Identity, Landscape, Kiran Desai|
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Language Center, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
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