This paper explores the question of cultural identity in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane
(2003) through making specific reference to Homi Bhabha’s views of hybridity, third
space, mimicry and ambivalence. Though Ali’s novel has been discussed in light of
traditional postcolonialism, it has not been duly scrutinized through a dominantly
Bhabhian perspective. Besides making use of Bhabha’s theories, this article draws upon
the works of some other theorists of cultural identity such as Stuart Hall and Edward Said
to highlight its emphasis on a Bhabhian approach. Grounding its discussion in Bhabha’s
theory of cultural identity, it explores the way/s the major characters in Ali’s novel
struggle to realize their sense of cultural identity in their own different ways. Specific
emphasis is laid on the novel’s protagonist Nazneen and the development of her cultural
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