Politics Of Home

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Overview


The Politics of Home examines the changing representations of "home" in twentieth-century English literature. Examining imperial fiction, contemporary literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial narratives on belonging, exile and immigration, Rosemary Marangoly George argues that literary allegiances are always more complicated than expected and yet curiously visible in textual reformulations of "home." She reads English women's narration of their success in the empire against Joseph Conrad's accounts of colonial masculine failure, R. K. Narayan alongside Frederic Jameson, contemporary Indian women writers as they recycle the rhetoric of the British Romantic poets, Edward Said next to M. G. Vassanji and Jamaica Kincaid, and Conrad through Naipaul and Ishiguro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520220126
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/1999
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Rosemary Marangoly George is Assistant Professor in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego, and the editor of Burning Down the House: Recycling Domesticity (1998).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue. All fiction is homesickness 1
1 Home-countries: narratives across disciplines 11
2 The authoritative Englishwoman: setting up home and self in the colonies 35
3 The great English tradition: Joseph Conrad writes home 65
4 Nostalgic theorizing: at home in "Third World" fictions 101
5 Elite plotting, domestic postcoloniality 131
6 "Traveling light": home and the immigrant genre 171
Epilogue. All homesickness is fiction 199
Notes 203
Index 251
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