An Entrapped woman of Poscoloniality: Journeying through Displacement to individuality in Shamsi’s Burnt Shadows

Yasir Khan, Awais Shafiq, Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Farooq


The present study is aimed to trace out the diasporic representation in Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows with reference to postcolonial displacement. For thematic analysis of the novel the model of acculturation proposed by J.W Berry (2005) has been adopted. The findings of the study reveal that all the characters of the novel are the victim of failure of acculturation. Hiroko, Raza and Sajjad Ashraf are the worst victims of psychological distress, cultural shocks and social marginalization due to their consistent displacement. Diaspora which is considered as a source of potential experiences and adjustment has failed in this novel to cater any such potential and benefits to the characters of the novel. Shamsie demands the development of a Pakistani society with unified national ideology


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