Fiction of Imperialism
The Fiction of Imperialism attempts to promote dialogue between international relations and postcolonialism. It addresses the value of fiction to an inderstanding of the imperial relationship between the West and Asia and Africa. A wide range of fiction and crisicism is examined as it pertains to colonialism, the North/South engagement and contemporary Third World politics. The book begins by contrasting the treatment of cross-cultural relations in political studies and literary texts. It then examines the personal as a metaphor for the political in fiction depicting the imperial connection between Britain and India. This is paired with an analysis of African literary texts, which takes as its theme the relationship between culture and politics. The concluding chapters approach literature from the outside, considering its apparent silence on economics and realpolitik and assessing the utility of postcolonial reconceptualisations
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Achebe African literature African writers approach argued argument Armah Asia aspects behaviour Benita Parry Bessie Head British rule Burmese Days challenge chapter characters Chinua Achebe colonial concerned consciousness contemporary critics culture Dambudzo Marechera debate depiction disciplinary discipline discourse domination economic emerges empire English experience Farah fictional narratives friendship gender global Heinemann Ibid idea imperial Indian individual Indo-British relationship interest international politics international relations issues Kipling Kipling's less literary narratives London Marechera material modern Naipaul Nairobi nation-state nature Ngugi Ngugi wa Thiong'o North/South novel novelists Nuruddin Farah op.cit orientation orthodoxies past possibilities postcolonial present problem processes protagonists published R. K. Narayan reflect resistance respect role Rudyard Kipling Scott sense sexuality significance social society Soyinka story themes theory thinking Third World thought traditional understanding University Press V. S. Naipaul village West Western women writing