Emigrant Psychology and Cultural Hybridity in Bapsi Sidhwa’s The Pakistani Bride and An American Brat
Keywords:Emigrant, Immigrant, Hybridity, Psychology, Marginalized, Female Subjugation.
Most of the literary output coming from women writers tends to raise the issue of woman subjugation. In fiction, we come across suffering women in varied situations and times. Bapsi Sidhwa, a socially conscious writer, is now a significant voice in commonwealth fiction. Her novels The Pakistani Bride and An American Brat have been successfully able to bring out the predicaments of the female characters that get entrapped between two cultures- one inherited and the other encountered. In this paper, an attempt has been made to bring out how the female characters like Carol, a sophisticated, independent middle-class American who fails to acclimatize in a displaced culture, and Feroza, a young, strong willed and spirited Pakistani Parsi girl who is able to get assimilated into the host society, portray their expatriate experience and their struggles to outgrow inherited values. So, in a sense, she has given voice to the marginalized women placed in an extremely patriarchal society.