Diasporic Element in Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Fury
Keywords:Expatriate, Cosmopolitan, Fragmentation, Cross-culture, Immigrants
Twentieth century is defined by its peculiar feature that is migration, its shifts cultural as well as physical frontiers that it emerged. Migration is now common factor of postcolonial writers as reflected in their respective works. Man made borders are blurred or vanished owing to migration. It is an umbrella term which anyone can live anywhere as he wishes, such cosmopolitan identity is engendered but on another side such writers are underwent through feeling of loosing own motherland. Thus in the words of Edward Said, he said, “migration is a potent, enriching motif of modern culture as the exile break barriers of thought and experience”. For Postcolonial novelist the issue of migration is evident and avoidable, lead exile life, looses birth place, ancestral home, visualized imaginary world, blurred lines of thought and experience. Being a migrant writer by identity, he is divided in multiple identities. He was born in India, shifted in Pakistan and lastly stay in Britian, indicated that how his life is shifted and gone through identity crisis. This paper aims at to explore disporic element in his well known novels ‘Fury’ and ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet.’ V.S. Naipaul regards migration as form of rebirth and moulds that a writer can bring his new world into being by an act of pure will. Different terms such as disporic, immigrants, expatriate and exile alienation have used by postcolonial writers respectively in their works. The term Diaspora is derived from the Greek word ‘dia’ (through) ‘speiro’ (to scatter or sow seeds) in terms of etymology. The Greeks were initially used in the conclusion of Jews scattered in exile. Presently, the term has been come to refer to any people or population that is transnational that is residing in a land other than that of its origin, and the development in their dispersal and culture.
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