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London calling : V.S. Naipaul, postcolonial Mandarin

Author: Rob Nixon
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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V.S. Naipaul stands as the most lionized literary mediator between First and Third World experience and is ordinarily viewed as possessing a unique authority on the subject of cross-cultural relations in the post-colonial era. In contesting this orthodox reading of his work, Nixon argues that Naipaul is more than simply an unduly influential writer. He has become a regressive Western institution, articulating a set  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul; Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul; Vidiadhar S Naipaul
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Nixon
ISBN: 0195067177 9780195067170
OCLC Number: 23869905
Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Naipaul's chronology --
The license of exile --
Naipaul and the traditions of travel --
At the generic crossroads : travel writing, ethnography, and autobiography --
Preparations for travel : Naipaul's Conradian atavism --
The terms of dismissal : 'barbarism, ' 'primitivism, ' and 'simple societies' --
'Mimicry, ' 'parasitism, ' and resistance --
Conclusion: A kinder, gentler Naipaul?
Responsibility: Rob Nixon.
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