V.S. Naipaul

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Sep 12, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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This revised and updated introduction to the novels and non-fiction of V.S. Naipaul will be of interest to students, specialists and general readers alike. Chronological chapters examine the structure, significance and development of Naipaul's writing, setting the texts in their autobiographical, philosophical, social and political, colonial and postcolonial contexts. New chapters in the second edition include an expanded biographical introduction, and discussion of the recent novels A Way in the World and Half a Life, Naipaul's writings on Islam, and the criticism of Naipaul by writers and postcolonial theorists.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Miguel Street The Mystic Masseur and The Suffrage of Elvira
23
3 A House for Mr Biswas and The Middle Passage
41
4 Mr Stone and the Knights Companion and An Area of Darkness
58
5 A Flag on the Island The Mimic Men and The Loss of El Dorado
69
6 In a Free State
86
A Wounded Civilization
100
8 A New King for the Congo and A Bend in the River
118
An Islamic Journey Our Universal Civilization and Beyond Belief Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples
165
12 Two Worlds Reading Writing and Half a Life
179
13 Naipauls Critics and Postcolonialism
194
Naipauls Family A House for Mr Biswas and The Mimic Men
207
Naipaul Trinidad Guyana and Africa
209
Notes
210
Select Bibliography
217
Index
224

A Million Mutinies Now
136
A Sequence
152

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About the author (2003)

BRUCE KING, now a freelance writer and a leading international literary critic, was professor of English and has taught in universities in England, France, Nigeria, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the United States. His publications include Modern Indian Poetry in English, second edition (Oxford, 2001) and Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life (Oxford, 2000). He is series editor for Literature, Culture and Identity (Continuum), English Dramatists and Modern Dramatists (both Palgrave Macmillan).

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