A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

ISSN Print : 2229-6557, Online: 2394-9244

The Question of Self, The Question of Life: Identity in the Autobiographical Narratives of Domestic Workers

Nidhi Verma

Abstract

This article discusses the autobiographies of two domestic workers to study how they fashion their identity through their writing. The texts discussed are Baby Halder’s A Life Less Ordinary and Amin Sheikh’s Bombay Mumbai: Life is Life, I Am Because of You. The article aims to draw commonalities, as well as subtle differences in these narratives to focus on construction of identity; and writing as a means of empowerment and self-realization. It also argues how notions of the self and memory play a part in shaping the veracity of these autobiographical accounts.

Keywords: Autobiography, domestic workers, identity, self, memory.

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