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Title:"This, This Is England, but We Only Passed By." Reclamations and Subversions of English National Identity in Works by Woolf, Waugh, Rhys and Naipaul
Author(s):Olson, Lucia Thomas
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):James Hurt
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Caribbean
Abstract:Orlando and Decline and Fall lament the "decline" of an aristocratically-dominated, rural England forever changed by the incursions of modernity, the bourgeoisie, and colonial subjects. V.S. Naipaul's postcolonial work The Enigma of Arrival, problematizes the very notion of a past, perfect England and an English national identity available to all English subjects, revealing instead that a static English past never existed, and that Naipaul will never wholly participate in the English national identity that interpellates him as a subject, not a citizen. Jean Rhys's postcolonial text, Voyage in the Dark, painfully exemplifies the fallout of a marketed English national identity and fantasy England on colonial subjects in its depiction of Anna Morgan's alienation and disenchantment in England. Nevertheless, despite Naipaul and Rhys's poignant portrayals of the alienation experienced by colonial subjects in England, their texts demonstrate the power of postcolonial texts in articulating an English national identity that is neither white nor aristocratic.
Issue Date:1998
Description:278 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9912335
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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