A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CULTURAL CONFLICT IN NGũGĩ WA THIONG’O’S THE RIVER BETWEEN AND KIRAN DESAI’S THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS.

Sarita Kumari

Abstract


This paper attempts to make a comparative study of the novels The River Between and The Inheritance of Loss and to trace the various dimensions of cultural conflict. Both the novels deal with the theme of cultural conflict. The River Between of Thiong’O deals with the clash between African and English culture in the African society during colonization. Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss shows the struggling Indians, finding their identity and culture in the Decolonized India. The cultural conflict is presented through and in their ways of living, education system and this conflict is presented in their belief system too. This comparative study of these two novels presents two different worlds, the novelists also use various different techniques but both the writers aim at presenting the state of their countries during colonization and also in the decolonized country, where the people feel alienated and as the foreigners in their own house. 


Keywords


Alienation, Conflict, Colonization, Culture, Decolonization, Loss

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References


Desai, Kiran. Inheritance of Loss. New Delhi: Penguin, 2006.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. The River Between. London: Heinemann.

Nityanandan, Indira and Kothari. Fictional World of Kiran Desai. Creative Books. New Delhi, 2002.

Sharma, Vijay K., Tandon Neeru. Kiran Desai and Her Fictional World. Atlantic Publishers & Distributers (P) LTD, 2011.


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