Assimilation In The (Fictional) Heartland: Bharati Mukherjee's <i>Jasmine</i>

Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

in Transatlantic Women's Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624454
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652242 | DOI:
Assimilation In The (Fictional) Heartland: Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine

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This chapter examines the issue of assimilation in Bharati Mukherjee's 1989 novel Jasmine, exploring how the status of the character of Jasmine as a woman and illegal immigrant impacts upon her transatlantic exploration of space and identity to create conflict as well as apparent resolution in her journey. It highlights the importance of gender and ethnicity in this novel and discusses criticism on Jasmine's immigrant tale because of its familiar location.

Keywords: Jasmine; Bharati Mukherjee; assimilation; illegal immigrant; transatlantic exploration; space; identity; gender; ethnicity

Chapter.  7924 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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