International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

 

FOOD, FAMILY AND DESIRE:-WOMEN AS HUNGRY GHOST FIGURES AND KITCHEN GOD IN SELECTED AMY TAN’S NOVELS
BELINDA MARIE BALRAJ

ABSTRACT
This study focuses Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, and The Kitchen God’s Wife where communication within family members is accompanied by and sometimes enacted through food imagery. This study focuses specifically on hunger through imagery indicative of the Buddhist mythological figure known as the Hungry Ghost. However this study does not comply with the Zen Buddhism typical happy ending that promises ‘balance’ and ‘enlightenment’ but instead their stories coincide with Lacanian insights and describes the Chinese American experience as being more pessimistic, complex and less resolved. As the families in the novels eat and feed each other, they try to strive for balance but never quite reach their destination and are left unsatisfied. This study will then look at how women are depicted as Hungry Ghost through food imagery and dialogue in the selected novels.

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