"Displaced and Replaced Women in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices: A Critical Reading"


A. Rameshkumar, Ph.D. Research Scholar
Department of English Annamalai University.


The Present research is entitled “Displaced and Replaced Women in Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices. A Critical Reading,” purposes to examine Divakaruni’s employment of displacement and replacement is general and women characters in particular. The research deals with Divakaruni’s fiction the mistress of spices which Divakaruni’s employment of diasporic and expatriate women work as a pattern in all her fictions. This research also explodes narrative techniques employed by Divakaruni. This research investigates post – colonial scenario as used by Divakaruni in her novels. This study substantiates Divakaruni’s employment of presenting common experiences of crossing cultures, cultural cringes, cultural dualism and cultural adaptation and fragmentation of the society. The present research is a serious attempt to explore this outstanding novel from critical perspectives. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s literary oeuvre is small but it is remarkable for its seriousness of intent and solidity of substance. She views writing as a process of self discovery, has affirmed the Indian cultural identity by effecting on its multiplicity and heritage.