Post-Colonial Reading of Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover

 Author(s): Hoda Shabrang;  Golnaz Karimi 

Abstract: This research will explore the result of studying different aspects of identity seeking and establishing it as a liminal-prone one in a hybridized atmosphere among the colonized in terms of post-colonial discourse, based on Bhabha’s theories in his book, The Location of Culture, and on Isabel Allende’s novel, The Japanese Lover (2015). This study strives to expose the way through which the colonized characters’ identities in the novel undergo radical transformation through the third space which is heavily laced with qualities like ambivalence, stereotype, mimicry, and unhomeliness. Isabel Allende is an author whose novels mostly are an attempt to delineate the process of identity shaping particularly in the USA, since identity has always been an obsession for human which is defined based on different properties, one of which refers to the nation, culture and the territories based on Bhabha’s notion of hybridity which stems from confrontation of the cultures of the oppressor and the oppressed in the process of colonization. Generally, subject of identity in post-colonialism discourse is one in which people especially the colonized seeks for attachment. It will be divulged through this analysis that how liminal quality which is created as the consequence of colonial discourses will result in creating a space in which the oppressed one undergo radical changes in forming identity and how their identities are susceptible to alteration and likely to be unstable and fugitive. 

Keywords:  Isabel Allende, The Japanese Lover, Homi K.Bhabha, Identity, Colonized, Cultural Hybridity, Ambivalence, Stereotypes, Mimicry, Unhomeliness, Third Space, Liminality 
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