Displaced Identities of Transnational Migrants in Salman Rushdie’sThe Ground beneath Her Feet
A Cross-cultural Perspective
The postcolonial era has manifested its specialty in the evolution of postmodern discourses which have cross-cultural effects on the contemporary society. The new era of globalization has churned the nuances of transnational migration which is essentially a postcolonial factor. Migration of indigenous populations to various countries around the globe induces a new set of social expectation, cultural values and beliefs. This new cultural environment postulates a craving for the past life which is effectively dealt with in Salman Rushdie’s works of art. The prospects of religious conversion and its counter effects are also elaborated by Rushdie in his novel, The Ground Beneath Her Feet. This paper highlights Rushdie’s successful attempt in blurring the frontiers of the East and the West. Migrancy and cultural displacements form the strength of Rushdie’s novels and he highlights his displaced migrants as decentered beings, unable to free themselves from the cultural pull.
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