Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and Diana Abu-Jaber's Crescent: Metaphoric Representations of Hybrid Identities

Metaphors potentially provide people a way to communicate deep meaning in an everyday sense. Homi K. Bhabha imagines hybridity in terms of space, and both Mukherjee and Abu-Jaber build on Bhabha’s spatial conception by incorporating orientation concepts that deal with time (past-future). When Mukherjee and Abu-Jaber utilize literary metaphors to convey the experience of cultural hybridity, they build, extend, and elaborate conceptual systems about hybridity and therefore help readers imagine new ways to perceive the experience. The unique metaphors these authors create are absolutely relevant to the study of cultural globalization because these metaphors maintain focus on complex human experiences that are difficult to deconstruct and explain. To analyze metaphors, this thesis uses the language of the “Cognitive Linguistic View of Metaphor” (or Cognitive Linguistics Conceptual Metaphor, CLCM) as developed by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson.