Vol. 1, Issue 4 (2016)
The doubly marginalized female diasporic subaltern: dimple and Jyothi in Bharati Mukherjee’s wife and jasmine
Author(s): Stalin G
Abstract: The North American land for more than a decade has been a land of luxury, a safe haven of existence and a utopia for opportunities to a lot of immigrants across the globe. Such conceptions act in a reverse way, imparting feelings of loneliness, dislocation and fragmented subjectivity when the immigrant learns to look at the flip side of the American dream. Bharati Mukherjee in “Imagining Homelands” rightly speaks for most immigrants who come to realize this dilemma. This paper aims to argue that such experiences are further compounded for a third world immigrant female since she has to work through two levels of daunting uncertainty. She needs to break free from the protected and “truncated” life of the paternalistic society which she comes from as well as rewrite her present from the vestiges of the past in a foreign land. This paper examines how Bharati Mukherjee acts as a spokesperson for this complex issue through her third world female protagonists Dimple and Jyoti in Wife and Jasmine. Both these women have lived dependent lives in India but undergo the biggest “psychological metamorphosis” when they are exposed to alien borders of the United States.