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Cultural identity in K. S. Maniam's Ratnamuni


Babaee, Ruzbeh and Sedehi, Kamelia Talebian and Talif, Rosli (2015) Cultural identity in K. S. Maniam's Ratnamuni. Journal of Language and Communication, 2 (1). pp. 27-33. ISSN 2289-649X


In his fiction, the Malaysian-Indian author, K. S. Maniam depicts the identity and culture of Malaysian-Indian. This is shaped with a collection of materials that are vital to keep the trace of ancestral identification marks, of retaining the status of being Indian, even though the land they live in is not India. In the new land the Indian community invests its new narrative of existence with a power structure to support the Diasporic Indian “self”. In Maniam’s reconstruction of the Indian immigrant experience in Malaysia, there are the difficulties that the community faced when trying to recreate this world. Maniam depicts the rites of the complicated cultural issues in a Diasporic Indian community. In his reconstruction of the Indian immigrant experience of Malaya, One can see these previously peripheral characters as the agents of the Diasporic identity that the present day Malaysian-Indian has inherited. The passage of such identity formation, however, is demonstrated to be filled with the many snares of both colonial and postcolonial experiences. The present study examines Maniam’s short story, Ratnamuni, from a Diaspora perspective. This study shows the way in which Maniam symbolically depicts the culture of a nation in Diaspora.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Culture; Diaspora; Identity; Malaysian-Indian; Spirituality
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 05:28
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 04:53
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/50358
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