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- DescriptionAnglo-Indians are the human legacy of European colonialism. These descendants of European men and Indian women regularly appear as disconsolate and degenerate figures in colonial and postcolonial literature, much to the chagrin of contemporary Anglo-Indians. Many significant writers, such as Rudyard Kipling, Maud Diver, John Masters, Salman Rushdie and Hari Kunzru, have created Anglo-Indian characters to represent the complex racial, social and political currents of India s colonial past and postcolonial present. This book is the first detailed study of Anglo-Indians in literature. Rather than simply dismissing the representation of Anglo-Indians in literary texts as offensive stereotypes, the book identifies the conditions for the emergence of these stereotypes through close readings of key vels, such as Bhowani Junction, Midnight s Children and The Impressionist. It also examines the work of contemporary Anglo-Indian writers such as Allan Sealy and Christopher Cyrill. Presenting a persuasive argument against image criticism, the book underscores the importance of contextualizing literary texts, and makes a timely contribution to debates about mixed race identities, miritarian literature and interculturalism.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Glenn D Cruz is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Australia. He has written for a number of publications on issues of mixed race literature and cultural identity, including The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Meanjin, Studies in Western Australian History. He has also published in the areas of theatre and performance studies.
- Author(s)Glenn D'Cruz
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication29/05/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies in Asia-Pacific Mixed Race
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight370 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
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