Survival Struggles in Shaila Abdullah's Saffron Dreams; A Neo-orientalist Perspective
Author(s):
M.Rajenthiran, Dr.K.R.Vijaya
Keywords:
Neo-Orientalism, xenophobic, nostalgia, lifelessness, assimilate, Orientalism, uncertainties.
Abstract
Diasporic literature from the United States has achieved academic and disciplinary acclaim all around the globe. Shaila Abdullah's Saffron Dreams is an important novel written in the aftermath of 9/11. The novel deals with the life of a Muslim immigrant protagonist who struggles to survive in the United States. This article examines Islamophobia in the novel through the approach of Neo-Orientalism. It also points out the survival struggles of Muslim immigrants amid an increasingly xenophobic climate. Throughout the fiction, the young pregnant widow encounters struggles like death, assimilation, the search for identity, lifelessness, cultural imbalances, loneliness, nostalgia, and alienation. The protagonist is struggling with a charge syndrome child throughout the novel. The study emphasizes the endless efforts of Immigrants to become assimilated into the new culture and yet maintain their own culture simultaneously. Edward Said's theory of Orientalism is applied to analyze the protagonist's struggles to succeed despite uncertainties.
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Unique Paper ID: 154338

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 10

Page(s): 611 - 615
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