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Exploring Liminal Images in Meena Alexander's Poems

Gaspar, Arul Prabaharan (2013) Exploring Liminal Images in Meena Alexander's Poems. Litsearch - An International Journal of Languages & Literatures, 3 (3). pp. 19-27. ISSN 2277-6990

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Abstract

When a person leaves the place of birth where he or she picked up his or her language that carries the whole system of values, he or she carries something delicate and dear to heart to a new place and leaves something behind in the place once lived and imbibed certain things that cannot be separated from a person. In the sense of relocation, identity crisis as a result of split consiousness or double consciousness makes a man or a woman to get trapped between his or her native culture and host culture. This state of inbetweenness drives the person to be in search of 'self' with a question "who am I?" This paper carefully explores the concern of unsettled or unsettling identities in postcolonial phenomenon. It also looks into Homi K. Bhabha’s concept of liminality, Turner’s idea of inbetweenness and their impact on Alexander’s poems. Furthermore, these liminal images focus on two more concepts, ‘Dislocation’ and ‘Identity crisis’.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Liminal images, Split/Double Consciousness, Geo-emotional, Borderlands, Aesthetic, Intertextuality
Subjects:Publications > Publications by Faculty > Articles > English
ID Code:5930
Deposited By:Knowledge Center Christ University
Deposited On:28 Jan 2014 09:19
Last Modified:29 Oct 2014 10:26

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