From Love to Grief
Edited By Wojciech Drąg and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak
Anna Maria Tomczak - Ways of Grieving: Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Hema and Kaushik”
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Anna Maria Tomczak
University of Białystok
Ways of Grieving: Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Hema and Kaushik”
The following article aims to show how two leading South Asian American writers depict grief. Focusing on Bharati Mukherjee’s short story “The Management of Grief” (1998) and Jhumpa Lahiri’s novella “Hema and Kaushik” (2008), I will demonstrate that although grief is a universal human emotion, the way it is approached may be dependent on the cultural background of the sufferer. I will also try to illustrate how literature mediates the cultural experience of diaspora, often posing questions about the possibility of successful integration and assimilation processes.
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