V.S. Naipaul

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 12, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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V. S. Naipaul is a reader-friendly introduction to the writing of one of the most influential contemporary authors and the 2001 Nobel laureate in Literature. Bruce King provides a novel by novel analysis of the fiction with attention to structure, significance, and Naipaul's development as a writer, while setting the texts in their autobiographical. philosophical, social, political, colonial and postcolonial contexts. King shows how Naipaul modified Western and Indian literary traditions for the West Indies and then the wider world to become an international writer whose subject matter includes the Caribbean, England, India, Africa, the United States, Argentina, and contemporary Islam.

Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of V. S. Naipaul now includes an expanded Introduction, and discussion of his most recent novels A Way in the World and Half a Life, his Nobel Lecture, Naipaul's writings on Islam, and a survey of the main criticism by other 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
A Sequence
152
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
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

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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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