Post-colonial Displacement and the Cultural Features of Indian Experience in Chitra Divakaruni’s Before We Visit the Goddess

Malak Khaled Hantoosh


This paper studies the cultural and social aspects of the Indian alienation and displacement in Chitra Divakaruni’s Before We Visit the Goddess. Displacement, moreover, designates the movement from homeland to a foreign or host land. Both the migratory people and the host land peoples are set in a cultural encounter which makes them different from each other. Such The cultural encounter is another definitive feature of postcolonial literature. Different cultures or ideologies conflict among each other in order to pose power by which each front tries to affirm its hegemonic position. Being that so, postcolonial literature provides a bustling vitality in accordance with the dominating power at the ultimate sense of this encounter. The powerful position, then, could construct its ideology and exerts its cultural insinuation via well-implemented procedures. Most significantly, the study sheds light on the language of postcolonial discourse which is the perennial tool used by writers to incarnate the scenario of these conflicting powers between the migratory people and their host land’s counterparts.



Culture; Displacement; Divakaruni; India; Post-colonialism

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