these imaginary spaces are like the negative of the transparency and visibility which it is aimed to establish."(9) What the dark spaces of the gothic accomplish, in other words, is to fabulize
the importance of the desire for visibility and accountability which the post-feudal culture of the eighteenth century was moving toward concurrent with the publication of the original gothics.
But Mukherjee's stories do not simply promote American multiculture or celebrate assimilation; rather, precisely in order to confront "the historical circumstances of ethnicity and race in the United States" and "the complexities of diasporic subject-formation," Mukherjee fabulizes
America, Hinduizes assimilation, and represents the real pleasures and violences of cultural exchange.