International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

The Home and Identity: A Postcolonial Journey in the Poems of Meena Alexander
Sabuj Sarkar, Ashanur Haque

There is no colony without power. Every colonial experience exhibits power internally as well as externally. In the social and cultural life of ‘Pre’, ‘Post’ and during the colonial period, the exercise of power is felt in every walk of life. In the writings of Meena Alexander these experiences are prominent. She negotiates with the issue of ‘Home’ and ‘Identity’ in almost all her writings. ‘Home’ is in fact a space basically fluid in nature. Meena Alexander is always in an experiment on the issues of ‘Home’ and ‘Identity’ in her creative oeuvre. In her writings the issues of ‘family’ and various relations are mixed together. As a prominent diasporic writer, Meena Alexander tries to break the social, cultural and linguistic barriers which have so long been the sources of pain for many individuals. This paper endeavours to explore her postcolonial journey and her views of making a home, a living one and a literary one, and an individual identity of her own through her literary and poetic creations. The explosion of expression brings new ideas and new theories. The colonial suppression grows into revolt and revolution, and literary movement or literary theory such as postcolonial theory which comes into existence through the endeavours of famous critics like Franz Fanon, Edward Said, Homi K. Bhabha, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Aijaz Ahmad and many others. The postcolonial studies cover a broad passage of literary discourse. The discourse also includes the area of diaspora with dislocation, displacement and settlement.

Full Text: PDF