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Spectrum of Emotions

From Love to Grief


Edited By Wojciech Drąg and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak

The authors of this volume discuss the tangible need for a revision of the vocabulary of emotion used in literary criticism and culture studies. The articles offer a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to emotional states such as love, shame, grief, nostalgia and trauma. They demonstrate that the once stable concept of emotion disintegrates in the course of re-evaluation and is replaced by such notions as affects, passions, feelings and emotions. This volume examines the representations of emotion in drama, poetry and prose – from the anonymous Court of Love (ca. 1500) to Ali Smith’s How to Be Both (2014) – as well as in life writing, music, the visual arts and theology.
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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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