Madala, N. (2020). How to be South Asian-American: Space and Second Generation Diasporic Subjectivity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2244
This thesis offers a literary analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s fiction in the service of delineating the model of second-generation diasporic subjectivity cultivated throughout her body of fiction, and interrogating the experiential and material practices that produce second-generation diasporic identity. Focusing on her novel The Namesake and a select short story from Unaccustomed Earth, this thesis is about both Lahiri and the South Asian diaspora as a whole. Mobilizing a spatial analytical lens, this project considers how space functions both as the medium through which Lahiri’s character develop and the vocabulary through which Lahiri’s model of second generation subjectivity is cultivated. Understanding second generation diasporic identity as produced through personal choices made in the mediation of a complex social and cultural positioning, this work ventures to articulate how Lahiri’s work and a diasporic literary canon as a whole affects this decision-making process.