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On identification and narrative identity: self-formation in Bharati Mukherjee's "Jasmine"


Frey Büchel, Nicole (2019). On identification and narrative identity: self-formation in Bharati Mukherjee's "Jasmine". In: Riquet, Johannes; Heusser, Martin. Imaging identity: text, mediality and contemporary visual culture. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 123-145.

Abstract

In Bharati Mukherjee’s novel Jasmine, the eponymous protagonist’s process of self-formation is characterised by the interplay of the visual and the verbal. Jasmine’s attempt to constitute the self by identifying with the (static) images of identity provided by the literary figure Jane Eyre results in an “identification with alienation” (Morris). And yet, the analysis of the narrative methods applied in the novel reveals that Jasmine succeeds in constructing a meaningful narrative identity once she recounts her life story. This postmodern conception of identity also affects the genre of the novel. While Jasmine first orients itself on the traditional Bildungsroman, central aspects of the genre are eventually challenged so that Mukherjee’s novel ultimately presents its readers with different concepts of both personal and generic identity.

Abstract

In Bharati Mukherjee’s novel Jasmine, the eponymous protagonist’s process of self-formation is characterised by the interplay of the visual and the verbal. Jasmine’s attempt to constitute the self by identifying with the (static) images of identity provided by the literary figure Jane Eyre results in an “identification with alienation” (Morris). And yet, the analysis of the narrative methods applied in the novel reveals that Jasmine succeeds in constructing a meaningful narrative identity once she recounts her life story. This postmodern conception of identity also affects the genre of the novel. While Jasmine first orients itself on the traditional Bildungsroman, central aspects of the genre are eventually challenged so that Mukherjee’s novel ultimately presents its readers with different concepts of both personal and generic identity.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:identification, identity construction, narrative identity, Bildungsroman, novel of formation, word and image, visuality, postmodern, postcolonial
Language:English
Date:December 2019
Deposited On:13 Jan 2020 11:01
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:24
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-3-030-21773-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21774-7_6
Related URLs:https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-21774-7 (Publisher)

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