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Jhumpa Lahiri

ENGL 2070 independent reading project
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Miranda Kenny

on 24 September 2014

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Transcript of Jhumpa Lahiri

by: Sammy, Megan, and Miranda
Jhumpa Lahiri
Major Themes
relationship between parents and children
name and identity
language barrier
alienation
US vs India
tension between life and death
nostalgia
"The Namesake"
"The Interpreter of Maladies"
Loss
Identity
General conflicts
Clash of Cultures/Cultural Disconnect
"Sexy"
"Unaccustomed Earth"
Biography
Themes
born in London
parents moved from West Bengal
grew up in Kingston, RI
visited Calcutta
education (Barnard College)
marriage (Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush)
Writing Career
"The Interpreter
of Maladies" is
published
2000
"The Interpreter
of Maladies" wins
Pulitzer Prize
for fiction
"The Namesake"
is published
(film in 2007)
2003
2008
1999
"Unaccustomed Earth" is
published
-Title story taken from Nathaniel Hawthorne quote:"My children will have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth."
Themes
loss
disconnect
Other Writers
Zitkala-Sa
Louise Erdrich
Themes
identity
immigrant experience
clash of cultures
love
family
awareness
9 short stories about Indians and
Indian-Americans that are conflicted
by their culture and "new world"
Themes
clash of cultures
-"The only thing she recognized was the bags of Hot Mix that Laxmi always ate.."Very Spicy," the man said, "Too spicy for you."
love
-“She watched his lips forming the words, at the same time she heard them under her skin, under her winter coat, so near and full of warmth that she felt herself go hot.”
awareness
-"It was a scribble to her, but somewhere in the world, she realized with a shock, it meant something."
identity
-"Then she would tell him the things she had known all along: that it wasn't fair to her, or his wife, that they both deserved better, that there was not point in dragging this on."
innocence
-When asked what the word 'sexy' meant, Rohin told Miranda that "Sexy means loving someone you do not know.”
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