"Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri." Interview with Arun Aguiar. PIF. 13 Apr. 2009
This interview reveals Lahiri’s personal opinion about the stories she wrote as
well as information pertaining to how different audiences (Indian vs. non-Indian,
women vs. men) respond to the short stories. This is helpful because if I decide to
write about the second prompt, it touches on globalization and how different
people living in different cultures and countries can relate to the same story.
The source provides background information on Jhumpa Lahiri’s life: where she
grew up, how she became a writer, what inspired her to write such works. The
article is written in a question-answer format, in which Jhumpa Lahiri not only
summarizes her stories, but she also reveals her writing tendencies and the
reasons why she portrayed characters the way they arein her stories. The source is
useful in regards to the second prompt which deals with globalization. Although it
does not directly touch on globalization or transnationalism, the article can be
used to show the author’s attitude and beliefs expressed throughout the short
Lahiri, Jhumpa. "Migration, Assimilation, and Inebriation." Interview.
In this interview between BookForum and Jhumpa Lahiri, themes such as
migration, assimilation, and alcohol are addressed. BookForum asks Lahiri about
the inspiration for her short stories in “Interpreter of Maladies” and in
“Unaccustomed Earth”. They also ask about how Lahiri reacts to first- and
second-generation Indians, especially in relation to the stories “Unaccustomed
Earth” and “Hell-Heaven.” This source can be used to gain further insight on
Jhumpa Lahiri herself and about what themes are important to her; this can lead
to deeper analysis of themes in her stories.
Murakami, Haruki. "An Interview with Haruki Murakami." BookBrowse
. 2009. 13
This transcript of an interview someone had with Haruki Murakami serves to be a
useful resource when exploring how his stances on issues like globalization
and/or transnationalization and its relevance to his writings. He responds to the
question many critics may like to hear about how closely connected his short
stories are with the Japanese culture (versus American culture).
Murakami, Haruki. "The Outsider." Interview with Laura Miller. The Salon
13 Apr. 2009 <http://www.salon.com/books/int/1997/12/cov_si_16int.html>.