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“De-Territorialization” as Depicted by Shyam Selvadurai and Nayomi Munaweera

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W. L. R. C. Lekamge ,

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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H. A. M. A. Hapugoda

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

Concerning Sri Lankan Literature in English, this paper examines the causes and effects of “de-territorialization” as depicted in Funny Boy (1994) by Shyam Selvadurai and Island of A Thousand Mirrors (2013) by Nayomi Munaweera with special reference to Homi K Bhabha s’ Location of Culture (1994). The study is primarily conducted based on a desk review of the two novels, supported by related theoretical and supplementary literature, and further sustained by an interview conducted with Prof. Maryse Jayasuriya. The study investigates the post-colonial de-territorialization that occurred in Sri Lanka according to Selvadurai, and Munaweera. According to the findings of the study political enigma, ethnic misunderstanding, and identity crisis are the main causes of de-territorialization. In line with it, the discussion is streamlined by means of interpretative tools of cultural studies and anthropology. Ultimately, the study strives to envisage the practicality of adapting to the requirement of coexistence, respecting the liminal identities and cultural differences of the other communities, and the unfeasibility of seeking territorial shift under the circumstance of social unrest.
How to Cite: Lekamge, W. L. R. C., & Hapugoda, H. A. M. A. (2022). “De-Territorialization” as Depicted by Shyam Selvadurai and Nayomi Munaweera. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Review, 7(3), 198–214. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jsshr.v7i3.110
Published on 11 Nov 2022.
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