By Michael Gorra

ISBN-10: 0226304752

ISBN-13: 9780226304755

In After Empire Michael Gorra explores how 3 novelists of empire—Paul Scott, V. S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie—have charted the ceaselessly drawn and ceaselessly blurred barriers of identification left within the wake of British imperialism.Arguing opposed to a version of cultural id in response to race, Gorra starts off with Scott's portrait, within the Raj Quartet, of the nature Hari Kumar—a seeming oxymoron, an "English boy with a depressing brown skin," whose very life undercuts the idea in an absolute contrast among England and India. He then turns to the adversarial figures of Naipaul and Rushdie, the 2 nice novelists of the Indian diaspora. while Naipaul's lengthy and debatable profession maps the "deep sickness" unfold through either imperialism and its passing, Rushdie demonstrates that definite results of that illness, akin to migrancy and mimicry, have themselves turn into inventive forces.After Empire offers enticing and enlightening readings of postcolonial fiction, exhibiting how imperialism contributed to shaping British nationwide identity—and how, after the top of empire, that identification needs to now be reconfigured.

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Halfway through that long novel he is made into the overseer of a sugar estate called Green Vale. The land belongs to his wife's family, the Tulsis, for whom he's worked since his marriage; they've already given up try page_64 Page 65 ing to make him into a shopkeeper and frankly see the new job as a way to keep a quarrelsome son-in-law out of the house. He moves into the barracks with the cane cutters, who distrust him; it's a part of Trinidad in which murder seems routine, and he soon starts to sleep with a cutlass by his bed.

Biswas (1961), Naipaul's richest evocation of "unhousing," that shattering absence of home can be taken more literally. It is an absence that grows not from the tramp's crippling excess of freedom but from what seems at first its opposite, from a dependency that Mohun Biswas cannot escape. Halfway through that long novel he is made into the overseer of a sugar estate called Green Vale. The land belongs to his wife's family, the Tulsis, for whom he's worked since his marriage; they've already given up try page_64 Page 65 ing to make him into a shopkeeper and frankly see the new job as a way to keep a quarrelsome son-in-law out of the house.

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