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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 forever drawn and ceaselessly blurred limitations of identification left within the wake of British imperialism.

Arguing opposed to a version of cultural id in keeping with race, Gorra starts off with Scott's portrait, in The Raj Quartet, of the nature Hari Kumar—a seeming oxymoron, an "English boy with a dismal brown skin," whose very life undercuts the idea 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 occupation maps the "deep illness" unfold by way of either imperialism and its passing, Rushdie demonstrates that sure outcomes of that sickness, reminiscent of migrancy and mimicry, have themselves develop into artistic forces.

After Empire presents attractive and enlightening readings of postcolonial fiction, displaying how imperialism assisted in shaping British nationwide identity—and how, after the tip of empire, that identification needs to now be reconfigured.

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