Unaccustomed Earth

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408806819
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 4113
Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, Unaccustomed Earth explores the heart of family life and the immigrant experience. Eight luminous stories - longer and richer than any Jhumpa Lahiri has yet written - take us from America to Europe, India and Thailand as they follow new lives forged in the wake of loss.

A Study Guide for Jhumpa Lahiri's "Unaccustomed Earth"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1535845570
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 21
View: 6196
A Study Guide for Jhumpa Lahiri's "Unaccustomed Earth", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Studentsfor all of your research needs.

Unabhyast Dharti

(Hindi Edition)
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN: 8184005342
Category: Fiction
Page: 364
View: 1952
This is translated from English book Unaccustomed Earth written by Jhumpa Lahiri. The stories of Unaccustomed Earth focus on second-generation immigrants making and remaking lives, oves and identities in England and America. We follow brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and lovers, in stories that take us from Boston and London to Bombay and Calcutta. Blending the individual and the generational, the exotic and the strikingly mundane, these haunting, exquisitely detailed and emotionally complex stories are intensely compelling elegies of life, death, love and fate. This is a dazzling work from a masterful writer.

Study Guide

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (SuperSummary)
Author: Supersummary
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781712659038
Page: 168
View: 7985
SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 166-page guide for "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri includes detailed story summaries and analysis covering 8 stories, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like The Struggles of First-Generation, Bengali-American Children and The Roles and Experiences of Indian-American Women.

Tierra desacostumbrada

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9788498382716
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 352
View: 9624
Designado Mejor Libro del Año 2008 por el periódico The New York Times, Tierra desacostumbrada fue objeto de un torrente de admiración por parte de la crítica estadounidense. Además, algo inaudito para una obra literaria, logró colocarse en el primer lugar de las listas de ventas y suma hasta la fecha más de 680 mil ejemplares vendidos en ese país. Se trata, sin duda, de un caso único en el panorama editorial reciente. Quizás el secreto esté en que los relatos de Lahiri que suelen girar en torno a las vivencias de las familias de ascendencia bengalí en Estados Unidos no se detienen meramente en plasmar la experiencia de la inmigración, sino que retratan con gran fidelidad y sin cortapisas las vivencias y emociones que ocupan y preocupan a un amplio sector de la sociedad moderna. Son historias acerca de una variada galería de personajes caracterizados con singular delicadeza y simpatía: hermanos y hermanas, padres e hijos, maridos y mujeres, amigos y amantes que se ven obligados a afrontar momentos fundamentales en sus relaciones y navegar como pueden en aguas desconocidas, entre la inocencia y la experiencia, entre los dictados de la remota tradición familiar y la emancipación personal, entre el impulso de reinventarse a sí mismos y definir su identidad en un mundo fragmentado. Así pues, no cabe duda de que estamos ante una verdadera muestra de gran literatura. Tierra desacostumbrada es un libro que deslumbra y conmueve, y que reafirma, si cabe, la extraordinaria maestría de Jhumpa Lahiri, una autora en la plenitud de sus facultades artísticas.

Contemporary American Literature, 1945 - Present

Author: Karen Meyers,Erik V. R. Rangno,Jerry Phillips,Michael Anesko
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1604134895
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 126
View: 2737
Examines the works and lives of American writers from 1945 up to the present, covering the political events of that time period and analyzing the historical and cultural contexts of their writings.

Only Goodness

Family Snapshots
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408848058
Category: Fiction
Page: 20
View: 5751
Each story in this series offers a poignant glimpse of family life ? the ties we cling to; the ties we try to sever; and the ties that make us who we are. Told from a myriad of perspectives, from a dazzling array of some of the finest short story writers of our generation (including Jhumpa Lahiri, George Saunders, Jon McGregor and Elizabeth Gilbert), Family Snapshots gives us a fresh, empathetic and moving insight into the meaning of family. Only Goodness is taken from Jhumpa Lahiri's dazzling collection of stories, Unaccustomed Earth.

Naming Jhumpa Lahiri

Canons and Controversies
Author: Lavina Dhingra,Floyd Cheung
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739169971
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 221
View: 747
This collection of nine essays by scholars in the fields of postcolonial, Asian American, and other literary studies explains why categorizing the best-selling, award-winning work of Jhumpa Lahiri as either universally great and/or ethnically specific matters, to whom, and how paying attention to these questions can deepen students’, general readers’, and academic scholars’ appreciation for the politics surrounding Lahiri’s works and understanding of the literary texts themselves.


Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 110191209X
Category: Fiction
Page: 24
View: 1951
A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection Pranab Chakraborty was a fellow Bengali from Calcutta who had washed up on the shores of Central Square. Soon he was one of the family. From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, a staggeringly beautiful and precise story about a Bengali family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the impossibilities of love, and the unanticipated pleasures and complications of life in America. “Hell-Heaven” is Jhumpa Lahiri’s ode to the intimate secrets of closest kin, from the acclaimed collection Unaccustomed Earth. An eBook short.

The Concept of Literary Application

Readers' Analogies from Text to Life
Author: Anders Pettersson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137035420
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 250
View: 2387
Application is the process in which readers of literature focus on elements in a text and compare them with the outside world as they know it – an operation with cognitive and emotional consequences. This book demonstrates how and why this simple yet neglected mechanism is of profound importance for the understanding of literary art and experience.

The Postcolonial Short Story

Contemporary Essays
Author: Maggie Awadalla,Paul March-Russell
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137292083
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 227
View: 1705
This book puts the short story at the heart of contemporary postcolonial studies and questions what postcolonial literary criticism may be. Focusing on short fiction between 1975 and today – the period in which critical theory came to determine postcolonial studies – it argues for a sophisticated critique exemplified by the ambiguity of the form.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works

Author: Geoff Hamilton,Brian Jones
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 143812970X
Category: American fiction
Page: 433
View: 5995
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work is an invaluable guide to the work of English-language fiction writers born since 1960. Coverage includes some of the most vital and appealing writers working today, such as Chang-rae Lee, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and Dave Eggers. Containing more than 200 entries written by literary scholars, this resource provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-Speaking literary world.

Pain and Emotion in Modern History

Author: Robert Gregory Boddice
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137372435
Category: History
Page: 284
View: 4906
Drawing on the expertise of historical, literary and philosophical scholarship, practicing physicians, and the medical humanities this is a true interdisciplinary collaboration, styled as a history. It explores pain at the intersection of the living, suffering body, and the discursive cultural webs that entangle it in its specific moment.

So Beautiful

Divine Design for Life and the Church
Author: Leonard Sweet
Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN: 1434700879
Category: Religion
Page: 304
View: 433
More than 50 years ago scientists made a remarkable discovery, proclaiming, "We have found the secret of life ... and it's so pretty!" The secret was the discovery that life is helixical, two strands wound around a single axis—what most of us know today as the model for DNA. Over the course of his ministry, author Leonard Sweet has discovered that this divine design also informs God's blueprint for the church. In this seminal work, he shares the woven strands that form the church: missional, relational, and incarnational. Sweet declares that this secret is not just pretty, but beautiful. In fact, So Beautiful! Using the poignant life of John Newton as a touchstone, Sweet calls for the re-union of these three essential, complementary strands of the Christian life. Far from a novel idea, Sweet shows how this structure is God's original intent, and shares the simply beautiful design for His church.

After Melancholia

A Reappraisal of Second-Generation Diasporic Subjectivity in the Work of Jhumpa Lahiri
Author: Delphine Munos
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 940120991X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 301
View: 6520
Mindful of the tunnel vision sometimes created by the privileging of ‘hybridity talk’ and matters of culture in discussions of texts by minority writers, Delphine Munos in After Melancholia reads the work of the Bengali-American celebrity author Jhumpa Lahiri against the grain, by shifting the ground of analysis from the cultural to the literary. With the help of psychoanalytic theories ranging from Sigmund Freud through André Green and Nicolas Abraham to Jean Laplanche, this study re-evaluates the complexity of Lahiri’s craft and offers major insights into the author’s representation of second-generation diasporic subjectivity – an angle hitherto neglected by critics working from the narrower theoretical boundaries of transnationalism, diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, and Asian-American studies alike. Via interdisciplinary incursions into the domains of literary and psychoanalytic criticism, as well as into those of trauma and diaspora studies, Munos takes up “Hema and Kaushik,” the triptych of short stories included in Unaccustomed Earth (2008), as exemplary texts in which Lahiri redefines notions of belonging and arrival regarding the Bengali-American second generation, not in terms of cultural assimilation – which would hardly make sense for characters born in the USA in the first place – but in terms of a resymbolization of the gaps in the parents’ migrant narratives. Munos’ in-depth reading of Lahiri’s trilogy is concerned with exploring how “Hema and Kaushik” signifies on the absent presences haunting transgenerational relationships within the US diasporic family of Bengali descent. Bringing to the forefront such ‘negative’ categories as the gap, the absent, the unsaid, the melancholically absented mother, After Melancholia reveals that the second-generation ‘Mother Diaspora’ is no less haunting than her first-generation counterpart, ‘Mother India’. Calling for a re-assessment of Lahiri’s work in terms of a dialectical relationship between (transgenerational) mourning and melancholia, Munos provides a compelling reading grid by means of which underrepresented aspects of the rest of Lahiri’s work, especially her novel The Namesake (2003), gain new visibility. Delphine Munos is a F.R.S.-FNRS postdoctoral researcher in the Department of English and American Literatures at the University of Liège (Belgium). She has published in the field of American and postcolonial literature, diaspora studies, and South Asian studies.

Garden Cities of To-morrow

Author: Ebenezer Howard
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3845722037
Category: Architecture
Page: 184
View: 6922
Ebenezer Howard describes his ideas of a utopian city in which people can live in harmony with each other and with the surrounding nature. Howard greatly disliked the way modern cities tended to develop and was convinced that there were different methods of urban planning that would ensure healthy and reasonable living conditions for all inhabitants. His publication resulted in the founding of the garden city movement and the creation of Letchworth (Hertfordshire, UK) as a model garden city in 1899. Reprint of the 1902 edition.

American Short Story since 1950

Author: Kasia Boddy
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748686533
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 184
View: 1997
This book focuses specifically on short fiction written since 1950, a particularly rich and diverse period in the history of the form. A selective approach has been taken, focusing on the best and most representative work.

The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1627939911
Category: Fiction
Page: 226
View: 2561
The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne's crowning achievement, a masterpiece that has stood the time. Hester a young woman whose husband has been lost at sea becomes pregnant by another man. Though the Puritan community in which she lives demands to know the name of the father she steadfastly refuses to name him. Hawthorne explores hypocrisy, quiet dignity, and redemption in this land mark novel. A must read.

Indian Diaspora

Voices of Grandparents and Grandparenting
Author: Amarjit Singh
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9462094675
Category: Education
Page: 304
View: 646
This book celebrates both the past and present existence of the Indian diasporic grandparents who live their daily lives in different countries – the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Fiji, Mauritius, Australia, Suriname and Malaysia – and in different economic, social, cultural, religious contexts and specific household and family situations. The achievements of the few rich and the famous Indians living in diaspora have been given the celebratory treatment; similar status is not often given to the achievements of the diasporic Indian grandparents. However, “the vanquished and the victors, the subalterns and the sahibs, have equal claims on our attention ... clearly there are areas where Indian communities have been settled for long periods of time ... without having a significant effect on the countries of their residence ... [but] they, too are integral parts of the diaspora” (Brij Lal, Peter Reeves & Rajesh Rai, 2006, p. 15). This book is about voices of contemporary Indian grandparents and their grand parenting practices. The diasporic Indian grandparents are engaged in keeping diverse “Indian families” and “communities” as strong as possible in the current era of globalization process and social policy initiatives that are dominated by the ideology of neo-liberalism. This book claims that the diasporic Indian grandparents have significant effects on the countries of their residence and too are integral parts of the Indian diaspora who deserve the celebratory treatment and status. The book can be used for courses in the areas of critical social work, family studies, gerontology, nursing, rural development, critical pedagogy, and diaspora studies. “A veritable archive of stories, anecdotes, memories and reminiscences, of love, longing and search for a legacy, by diasporic Indian grandparents across the globe as they transgress boundaries in a socially porous world, negotiate generational differences complicated by the realities of modern living, cross cultures and seek to preserve connections between the past, the present and the future. A necessary contribution to the growing literature in the life of the Indian diaspora.” Brij V. Lal Professor of Pacific and Asian History, The Australian National University & General Editor, Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora

The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated)

An Editor's Advice to Writers
Author: Betsy Lerner
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110144407X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 304
View: 7912
Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner's sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address the dramatic changes that have reshaped the publishing industry in the decade since. From blank page to first glowing (or gutting) review, Betsy Lerner is a knowing and sympathetic coach who helps writers discover how they can be more productive in the creative process and how they can better their odds of not only getting published, but getting published well. This is an essential trove of advice for writers and an indispensable user's manual to both the inner life of the writer and the increasingly anxious place where art and commerce meet: the boardrooms and cubicles of the publishing house.