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V.S. Naipaul : a materialist reading

Author: Selwyn Reginald Cudjoe
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1988.
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This major reassessment of novelist V.S. Naipaul's work argues that although Naipaul regards himself as "rootless ... without a past, without ancestors," his writing is in fact rooted in the literary and historical traditions of the Caribbean and can best be understood in the context of the larger field of postcolonial discourse. Covering in chronological order all of Naipaul's books, Selwyn R. Cudjoe charts the  Read more...
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Cudjoe, Selwyn Reginald.
V.S. Naipaul.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1988
(DLC) 87035768
(OCoLC)17327964
Named Person: V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul; Vidiadhar S Naipaul
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Selwyn Reginald Cudjoe
ISBN: 0585223750 9780585223759
OCLC Number: 44954454
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 287 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction --
Tradition, Miguel Street, and other stories : the first period of Naipaul's development --
The colonial society : opening up the social space --
A prose-tragedy : Mr. Biswas and the original myths --
The conflict of world views : the second period of Naipaul's development --
At the "rim of the world" : the postcolonial society --
Ideology, culture, and national identity --
The postcolonial society and the individual subject : the third period of Naipaul's development --
Doom and despair : the eternal condition of colonial peoples --
Language, repression, identity : a materialist recuperation --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Selwyn R. Cudjoe.

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This major reassessment of novelist V.S. Naipaul's work argues that although Naipaul regards himself as "rootless ... without a past, without ancestors," his writing is in fact rooted in the literary and historical traditions of the Caribbean and can best be understood in the context of the larger field of postcolonial discourse. Covering in chronological order all of Naipaul's books, Selwyn R. Cudjoe charts the author's development from a position in which the tension between his Eastern and Western visions of the world created classics of world literature (A House for Mr. Biswas, The Mimic Men) to his progressive identification with "the dominant imperialist ideology and racist preoccupations of the age" (In a Free State, Guerrillas, A Bend in the River, Among the Believers). Cudjoe's analysis is grounded in contemporary literary theory, an understanding of Hinduism, and a thorough knowledge of West Indian literature and history. - Back cover.

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