By Michael Gorra
In After Empire Michael Gorra explores how 3 novelists of empire—Paul Scott, V. S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie—have charted the eternally drawn and without end blurred barriers of identification left within the wake of British imperialism.Arguing opposed to a version of cultural identification 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 assumption in an absolute contrast among England and India. He then turns to the adverse figures of Naipaul and Rushdie, the 2 nice novelists of the Indian diaspora. while Naipaul's lengthy and debatable profession maps the "deep affliction" unfold by way of either imperialism and its passing, Rushdie demonstrates that sure effects of that sickness, comparable to migrancy and mimicry, have themselves turn into artistic forces.After Empire offers enticing and enlightening readings of postcolonial fiction, exhibiting how imperialism assisted in shaping British nationwide identity—and how, after the top of empire, that identification needs to now be reconfigured.
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