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In After Empire Michael Gorra explores how 3 novelists of empire—Paul Scott, V. S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie—have charted the endlessly drawn and without end blurred limitations of id left within the wake of British imperialism.

Arguing opposed to a version of cultural identification in response to race, Gorra starts with Scott's portrait, in The Raj Quartet, of the nature Hari Kumar—a seeming oxymoron, an "English boy with a depressing brown skin," whose very life undercuts the idea in an absolute contrast among England and India. He then turns to the antagonistic 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 means of either imperialism and its passing, Rushdie demonstrates that definite results of that ailment, reminiscent of migrancy and mimicry, have themselves turn into artistic forces.

After Empire presents enticing and enlightening readings of postcolonial fiction, exhibiting how imperialism contributed to shaping British nationwide identity—and how, after the tip of empire, that id needs to now be reconfigured.

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