Immigrant Consciousness and Divulgence of Female Protagonists in Bharati Mukherjee‟s Desirable Daughters

1Dr. Jai Singh and G. Sankar


Bharati Mukherjee‟s Desirable Daughters is a typical clarification of Homi K. Babha‟s concept of„ Third space‟ and„ Hybridity‟. The novel, through its exclusive engagement with the notion of third space both in the Indian subcontinent and outside, subtly brings out the immigrants‟ immensely heterogeneous and inherently conflicting character. In today‟s world, as Babha would categorically assert that we all live in a space that is not unified and homogeneous, rather one that is complex, heterogeneous and is filled with many inherently contradictory characters. In the novel, as we can explicitly notice, there are various events occurring in certain spaces in a scenario where these spaces are filled with multiple transnational and cosmopolitan characters despite them being located in specific locales. This article intends to analyze the concept of Third space that is filled with multiple transnational and cosmopolitan significations of the characters in Desirable Daughters. Hence, Mukherjee‟s Desirable Daughters tend to perceive “the same distinction as a gender difference within Anglo- American bildungsroman, with the result that the genre itself is a form for examining this tension within women‟s texts”.


Immigrant Issues, Psychological Consciousness, Assimilation, Assertion, Feminism.

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