Cultural Identity in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of loss

  • N Keerthanaa M.Phil English Research Scholar, Queen Mary’s College (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Culture, Identity, Social class, Inequality


Cultural identity is the identity or feeling of belonging to a group. It is a part of a person’s self-conception and self-perception and is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality, or any kind of social group that has its own distinct culture. Kiran Desai’s second novel The Inheritance of Loss addresses the problems faced by her characters. They often face the problem of identity and become frustrated at the end. All characters in the novel struggle with their cultural identity and the forces of modernization while trying to maintain their emotional connection to one another. The Inheritance of Loss shows certain multicultural concerns like diversity, identity, minority, and ethnic rights and post colonialism. It describes how Desai depicts the feeling of humiliation experienced by the immigrants due to the inequality of a system. This paper focuses on cultural identity in the writings of Kiran Desai with special reference to The Inheritance of loss (2006).

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Keerthanaa, N. (2018). Cultural Identity in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of loss. Shanlax International Journal of English, 6(3), 36-40. Retrieved from