Lamor, Lisa. “Fractured Identity – The Jagged Path of Diaspora in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices.” Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato (2011): 5-84. Cornerstone. 2011. Web. 16 June 2016.
Lamor, through an analysis of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices (1999), tries to illustrate the presence of fracturization of identities, structures and theme in the novel. The author’s main argument is that in studying the fractured identity present in a diaspora as represented in Divakaruni’s novel, one could observe that by successfully processing the fractured identity issues, the women characters in the novel are ultimately empowered.
As a subargument, Lamor states that the negotiation of fracturization becomes vital especially in dealing with gender-based assumptions of success. The author closely examines the various instances of fractured identity in the diasporic characters in India as represented in the novel.
Lamor further observes that with the use of fracturization in the novel, the experience of transformation in the journey and lives of the immigrants in America is represented as painful and rending. She then argues that as this novel and other works under diasporic literature focuses primarily on the struggles and challenges of adjusting to the immigrant life in America, in a literary study of such works, the researcher must invest in the immigrant’s experience of being stranded between a world left behind and another. To support this argument she cites Ranajit Guha:
continue a little longer with our concern for the impasse in which, literally, [the migrant] finds himself: stranded between a world left behind and another (157)
Lamor concludes by acknowledging the recognition of themes of fracturization and fractured identity in narratives as vital in validating the prevalence of themes and their effect on the characters.