TASTING THE PICKLES OF HISTORY: A POSTCOLONIAL STUDY OF BURNT SHADOWS BY KAMILA SHAMSIE
Keywords:Hybridity, Post colonialism, Identity, Liminality
This explanatory research analyses the effects of cultural hybridity upon identity within the field of Post colonialism in Kamila Shamsie’s novel Burnt Shadows. To highlight the hybrid identity of a postcolonial subject the writer focuses on the different cultures of the world namely the Indian, the Pakistani, the English, and the American. Post colonialism is a specifically postmodern intellectual discourse that consists of reaction to analysis of the cultural legacy of colonialism. It aims at combating the legacies of colonialism on culture. The area of the research is ‘Cultural Studies’. Postcolonial world is a culturally hybrid world in which hybridization or the process of culture mixed-ness is always on the move. I seek to apply Homi K. Bhabha’s theory of ‘Cultural Hybridity’ on Kamila Shamsie’s novel Burnt Shadows. Culture hybridity and identity cannot be separated from one another as there is no concept of the one without the other. By applying the concepts of hybridity, ambivalence and liminality by Homi K. Bhabha it seeks to explore the different factors within different cultures of the world which promote cultural hybridity and consequently exert their influence upon identity.
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