The Absent Father: A Study of Gender Representation in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Before We Visit the Goddess

Authors

  • Trina Maitra Department of English, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, India,Jadavpur University image/svg+xml

Keywords:

Diaspora, Androcentric, Absent Father, Loss, Memory, Identity, Womanhood

Abstract

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, born in India in 1956, is a prominent diasporic writer and a poet. Her writing is fueled by her own experiences as a first-generation immigrant and a woman caught between cultures. Indian themes, customs and traditions, therefore, find frequent expression in her stories. The acclaimed author of seventeen novels, which include bestsellers like The Palace of Illusions (2008), The Mistress of Spices (2009) and Arranged Marriage (2011), Divakaruni has released her latest book, Before We Visit the Goddess, this year. It traces the lives of three resolute women across generations. It explores the relationships they share amongst themselves and the men in their lives. It is a complex tale of love, loss and identity – a tale that above all, celebrates the strength of womanhood. .

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Published

2016-08-31

How to Cite

Trina Maitra. (2016). The Absent Father: A Study of Gender Representation in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Before We Visit the Goddess. The Creative Launcher, 1(3), 12–17. Retrieved from https://www.thecreativelauncher.com/index.php/tcl/article/view/380