Orienting Masculinity, Orienting Nation

Orienting Masculinity, Orienting Nation

by Philip Holden
     
 

Although their settings span a wide geographical area, from the South Pacific to India, Maugham's exotic short stories, novels, and travelogues all, ultimately, focus on the creation of a masculine British identity. In this first book to address Maugham's fiction in light of recent developments in postcolonial, gender, and cultural theory, Holden argues that

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Although their settings span a wide geographical area, from the South Pacific to India, Maugham's exotic short stories, novels, and travelogues all, ultimately, focus on the creation of a masculine British identity. In this first book to address Maugham's fiction in light of recent developments in postcolonial, gender, and cultural theory, Holden argues that Maugham's work can be understood as an attempt to negotiate between two alternative masculine identities: those of private homosexual and public writer. Holden identifies Maugham's attempts to cultivate a public persona as a writer whose heterosexuality is confirmed through a process of control of language. Furthermore, Holden illuminates the fluidity of language that Maugham, in contrast to his public persona, associated with homosexuality. The basis of this study is the provocative notion that Maugham's texts, despite their exotic locations, ultimately dramatize a struggle over masculine British identity.

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A study of Maugham's novels and short stories set in the East and the South Pacific, analyzing themes in works including The Moon and Sixpence, The Trembling of a Leaf, On a Chinese Screen, The Painted Veil, The Narrow Corner, The Razor's Edge, and the Malayan short stories. For scholars in literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780313298127
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1996
Series:
Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series, #68
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

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