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Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Diaspora Literature - A Hybrid or a Hybridized Product?

C. GangaLakshmi, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate


This paper deals with how diaspora and hybridity in cultures of the diaspora community pave the way for the formation of Diaspora Literature. It presents how the 'Post Colonial Literature', 'Post Colonial Diaspora Literature' and finally 'Diaspora Literature' can be called hybrid products. It also deals with the literature that is considered to be hybrid in their origin.

Heartrending Emotions

Literature is a useful resource which provides an understanding as to how settlements were established, illustrates the daily conduct of trade, explores the relationship between diverse people and also depicts the conflicting and heartrending emotions felt by a particular migrant community.

Hybridity in its most basic sense refers to mixture. The term hybridity originated from the Latin hybrida, a term used to classify offspring of a tame sow and a wild boar. A hybrid is something that is mixed and hybridity is simply mixture. An explicative term, hybridity becomes a useful tool in forming a fearful discourse of racial mixing that rose towards the end of the 18th century. It is the term which originated from biology, was subsequently employed in linguistics and racial theory in the nineteenth century.

A Paradigm of Colonial Anxiety

A key text in the development of hybridity theory is Homi Bhabha's the Location of Culture (1994) which treats it as a paradigm of colonial anxiety. His key argument is that colonial hybridity, as a cultural form, produces ambivalence in the colonial masters and as such altered the authority of power.

While he originally developed his thesis with respect to narratives of cultural imperialism, his work also develops the concept with respect to the cultural politics of migration in the contemporary metropolis. Identity, multiculturalism and racism become crucial elements in this analysis. The social transformations that followed the ending of colonial mandates, rising immigration, and economic liberalization altered the use and understanding of the term 'hybridity'.

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Linguistic Purism and Language Planning in a Multilingual Context | The Problems of Teaching/Learning Tenses | Language and Literature: An Exposition - Papers Presented in Karunya University International Seminar | Similes in Meghduta - The Absolute Craftsmanship in Language | Culture of the Tamil Society as Portrayed in Ponniyin Selvan | Deconstructing Human Society: An Appreciation of Amitav Ghosh's Sea Of Poppies | Enabling Students to Interpret Literary Texts Independently by Enhancing their Vocabulary | Coping with the Problems of Mixed Ability Students | Displaced Diasporic Identities - A Case Study of Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz | English Language Teaching in Developing Countries Error Analysis and Remedial Teaching Methods - An Overview | Diaspora Literature - A Hybrid or a Hybridized Product? | Anita Desai's Journey To Ithaca - A Manifestation of Vedantic Knowledge | A Study on the Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives of Different Selves in a Self with Special Reference to Yann Martel's SELF | Conveniences and Complexities of Computer-Aided Language Learning | The Danger Lurking Within: The African American Woman in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye | Practices and Paradigms of Using Multimedia and Language Laboratory for Teaching Communication Skills to Technical Students | English: A Blessing in Disguise - A Study of Chinua Achebe's Technique of Hybridization | Language Teaching - The Present Day Challenges | Is Literature a Viable Medium for ESL Acquisition? | The Lord of The Rings : Galadriel, The Light Of Middle-Earth | Teaching Reading - A Challenge in Itself | The Silent Way | Translator as Reader: Phenomenology and Text Reception - An Investigation of Indulekha | The Dysfunctional Women in Mary Gordon'sThe Other Side | Utopia and Dystopia, Conflict Between Two Extremes - An Appraisal of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock | Reading 'god' Backwards | The Comic Vision in the Stories and Sketches of R.K.Narayan | My Responses to The English Teacher | 'Fall from Grace into Grief': Putting into Perspective the Outrages of Terrorism in Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown | Style and Language in M. G. Vassanji's The Assassin's Song | Affirmation of Life in Lloyd C. Douglas' Magnificent Obsession | Effectiveness of Group Investigation Model and Simulation Model in Teaching English | A Mathematical Treatment of Feministic Literature for the Prediction of Social Trends | Multiple Intelligences and Second Language Learning | Amitav Ghosh's The Circle Of Reason - A Study of Diaspora | The Role of Multimedia in Teaching Writing in English | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF JANUARY 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of January 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

C. GangaLakshmi, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate
Department of English
Kalasalingam Universtiy
Anand Nagar
Krishnankoil 626190
Tamilnadu, India

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