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Crisis of Identity in Hanif Kureishi’s “The Buddha of Suburbia”
Zainab Salahaddin Hussein

Last modified: 2020-02-28


This paper explores the problem relating to the formation and discovery of self-identity among the immigrant population in Britain. The immigrants that are being analyzed in this paper are based on Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia, a novel that features postmodern trends of literary writing. The paper presents the struggle of the protagonist, Karim, to discover his true self in a multicultural and multiethnic society. The multilevel discovery includes sexual, cultural, and criminal orientation and identity in a postmodern society.


Identity crisis; Postmodern society; Self-identity

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