Which of these authors frequently addresses the experience of Indian immigrants in the United States? Jhumpa Lahiri, the daughter of Bengali immigrants to America, frequently writes on the Indian experience in America. Her book The Namesake dealt with the issue of identity and cultural difference between her parents and their children.
Lahiri's work is notable for its portrayal of the immigrant experience in general and that of Indians in particular. Her characters are usually young and struggling in some way or another - they may be trying to make a living or find love - and these problems are often exacerbated by their origin culture not being familiar with these types of issues. Thus they struggle alone, which makes them seem very real and accessible.
Other important authors who have written about the Indian experience in America include Anita Shreve, Alice Albinia, Amitav Ghosh, and Vikram Chandra.
Each work illustrates recurring themes in modern American immigrant writing, such as:
The diaspora is home to some of the most notable Indian writers in English. V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Shashi Tharoor are among the diaspora authors. Even Vikram Seth and Rohinton Mistry grew more creative after moving overseas.
India has a large population of poets, novelists, and playwrights. The country has produced many famous poets such as Tagore, Hazari, Kun Fong, and Eknath Easwaran. Novelists include Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Rudyard Kipling, and George Orwell. Playwrights include M.A. Subrahmanyan, Ranjit Kumar Bawaah, and Dharmendra Pradhan.
India has had a long history of literature and learning. Our philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, and physicians have been renowned around the world. This reputation has helped attract many foreign students to study in India. These students have then gone on to become authors themselves.
Another reason why Indians are known for their writing skills is because of the English language. Most Indians who want to write or speak openly do so in English due to its widespread use and acceptance across the world. However, not all Indian writers choose to write in English. Some prefer to write in Hindi or Bengali because of these languages' greater popularity.
Sake Dean Mahomed, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Begum Rokeya, and Rabindranath Tagore were among the early renowned Bengali authors in English. Tahmima Anam, Neamat Imam, Monica Ali, and Zia Haider Rahman are contemporary Bangladeshi diaspora authors.
Mahomed was a Sufi poet and author who lived in Bengal in the 19th century. His works, which include poems, novels, and essays, have been translated into many languages including French, Spanish, Turkish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, and Hindi. He has been called the "Bengal version of Lord Byron".
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was an Indian social reformer and political activist who was born on April 12, 1838, in Calcutta (now Kolkata). He was educated at home by private tutors before entering the University of Calcutta at the age of sixteen. After two years there, he withdrew to study philosophy at the University of Paris, graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1864.
Back in India, he began writing articles for newspapers while also participating in student politics. He became one of the main inspirations for Indians to seek independence from British rule. In 1883, he wrote his first novel, A Life for a Life, which was very successful. It was followed by several more novels all of which were also very popular.
Though each tribe has its unique story, certain elements are shared by all tribes, including the connection between the land and the people, the hero's journey, and the supernatural and natural realms. Native American legends affected and shaped subsequent American literature. You must be a Study.com member to access this lesson. Please sign in below.
Native Americans have had a significant impact on modern culture through music, art, dance, and literature. Some of the most well-known artists who have been influenced by Native Americans include Georgia O'Keeffe, Howard Hawks, and Andy Warhol. Musicians such as Joan Baez, Tom Petty, and Jerry Garcia have cited Native Americans as an influence on their work.
In literature, writers such as James Joyce, Henry David Thoreau, and John Steinbeck have drawn from Native American myths and stories for inspiration. These authors used Native American themes and symbols in their work to comment on contemporary society or simply because they enjoyed doing so. For example, in Joyce's Ulysses, the main character spends most of the novel following the exploits of Homer's Achilles as he fights and dies in several battles over the course of one day. Though it was intended as entertainment, some critics view Ulysses as a direct commentary on modern civilization and its obsession with time management and instantaneous communication.
Native Americans have also had a profound effect on American history.