This article examines how Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Namesake (2003) employs allegory as a narrative strategy to explore the experiences of diasporic subjects. Drawing on Paul Ricoeur's theory of metaphor and allegory, the article argues that Lahiri uses allegory to create a complex and dynamic representation of identity, culture, and belonging in the context of migration and globalization. It analyses how the protagonist, Gogol Ganguli, embodies the allegorical meaning of his name, which refers to both the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol and the Bengali word for "jewel". It also discusses how Lahiri's novel engages with the themes of memory, history, and literature as sources of allegorical interpretation and self-understanding for the diasporic characters. The article concludes that Lahiri's novel offers a nuanced and multifaceted view of diaspora as a condition of possibility and challenge for contemporary subjectivity.
Diaspora, The Namesake, Cultural Studies.
Sangeetha S. , Dr. G. Aruna , S. Nithya Devi "Diasporic Allegory in Jhumpa Lahiri's Novel The Namesake" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 6 Issue 10 2023 Page 679-681
Sangeetha S. , Dr. G. Aruna , S. Nithya Devi "Diasporic Allegory in Jhumpa Lahiri's Novel The Namesake" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 6(10)