Diasporic Identity and Anxiety in the Select Novels of Kamila Shamsie

  • Veena Lydia Lobo Research Scholar Department of English Mangalore University Mangalagangothri Karnataka


The term ‘Diaspora’ seems to be as old as history itself and much of its old usage
concerns the Jews. But as times past it has undergone radical changes and the term is used now
to include all kinds of exiles, expatriates, immigrants and writers who live in other countries
away from home. At present diaspora means movement from a homeland, as well as, acquainting
in the new host society. Contemporary Muslim Pakistani women’s writing in the West has
attracted attention with their moving expression in their novels of diasporic anxieties and
individual desires. The works focus on the victimization, gendered and religious and sexual
oppression. The present paper will explore the work of Pakistani diasporic writer Kamila
Shamsie, on her fictions particularly of her two novels namely Burnt Shadows (2009) and
Kartography (2003). The study will also explore various issues related to identity, memory and
adjustment in alien land, religion, culture, society, gender, and polity of the homeland and

How to Cite
LOBO, Veena Lydia. Diasporic Identity and Anxiety in the Select Novels of Kamila Shamsie. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 9, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <http://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/3189>. Date accessed: 18 mar. 2018.