Portrayal of Diasporic Consciousness in V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas

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Dr. S. Sophia Christina


V.S. Naipaul is one of the leading and most prominent postcolonial authors in Indian writing in English. In his works, the readers get reflection of postcolonial and Diasporic consciousness at the centre. Various critics are of the opinion that Naipaul does not show loyalty towards his country and ethnicity, nor do we find any compassion and sympathy for the oppressed classes in his works. In all his works in general, and A House for Mr. Biswas in particular, Naipaul seems to follow taking into consideration Homi K. Bhabha’s concept of ‘unhomeliness’, Melvin Seeman’s highly influential concept of the alienation, as well as Hegelian theory of existentialism linked with the notion of alienation, a charge against Naipaul can be raised of being disloyal to his culture. Undoubtedly, he is one of those authors who try to write about those people who have been once colonized, and try to overcome the problems they have been entangled by narrating and portraying their situations in an objective manner.

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