Kureishi, Gurnah and Naipaul Reveal Otherness: Double-Consciousness in the Buddha of Suburbia, by the Sea and One out of Many
Saman Hashemipour

Naipaul, Kureishi, and Gurnah reveal displacement and otherness through the Du Bois and Fanonian concept of double-consciousness. There is a connection between W.E.B. DuBois' conceptof double consciousness and Frantz Fanon's work. The idea of double-consciousness for Franz Fanon and W. E. B. Du Bois reflects the colonised population who find themselves in another form and describes how they perceive the unique themselves in two different cultural identities. Double-consciousness states how a colonised person is feeling homesick in the colonised society, how colonisers deal with him, how he resists but ingratiates himself with false pretence, and how finally he dismasks? Naipaul, Kureishi, and Gurnah shed light on the much-discussed topic of identity and the sense of belonging through the experiences of various immigrants who attempt to integrate into a new society. Identity has a stable core that hybrid characters challenge. It identifies how they experience living in-between‘s, and how double-consciousness in the process of constructing anew identity works.

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