Food Images and Identity in the Selected Writings of Three Indian American Women Writers

  • Shweta Rao Garg


This paper indexes various ways in which the essentialist association between food an identity is problematised in the selected works of Indian American writers viz., Bharati Mukherjee, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jhumpa Lahiri. Food in the selected fictional works is foregrounded as an agency enabling the Indian American women subjects to respond to the broader questions of their racial, national and ethnic identities. Furthermore, food becomes the site which negotiates and displays the identities of the corresponding authors. The selected works highlight the immigrant experience in America through the tropology of food preparation, consumption and rejection.


Food images Asian American literature Diasporic Indian literature Bharati Mukherjee Jhumpa Lahiri Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shweta Rao Garg
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  1. 1.Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information Communication Technology (DA-IICT)GandhinagarIndia

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