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Title: The store as a contra-colonial trope of resistance and decolonisation in a selection of twentieth century colonial novels
Author: Sadaka , George
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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The purpose of this thesis is to analyse the trope of the store that recurs in five colonial novels set in Africa: Mister Johnson (1939) by Joyce Cary; The Heart o/the Matter (1948) by Graham Greene; The Sheltering Sky (1949) by Paul Bowles; The Grass is Singing (1950) by Doris Lessing; and Justine (1957) by Lawrence Durrell. My overarching argument is that the store functions proleptically in relation to a postcolonial trajectory of resistance. My reading of the selected novels, with reference to the trope of the store, demonstrates correspondence between selected aspects of colonial discourse and postcolonial paradigms of liberation. This dissertation provides a tropical reading of colonial discourse by focusing on the trope ofthe store as an aporia that encourages us to read colonial novels in a different way. The store is read as an ambivalent trope because it can be considered a microcosm of colonialism and of decolonization simultaneously. Chapter One provides a foundation for the central argument, by way of a reading of postcolonial tropes in colonial texts: darkness in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and pharmakos in Joyce Cary's Mister Johnson. Chapter Two focuses on the store as a contracolonial trope of resistance, assessing the emancipatory or postcolonial potential that is already there in the colonial novel. Chapter Three presents a close reading of the colonial store in Mister Johnson, The Grass is Singing, and The Heart of The Matter. Chapter Four assesses different types of stores in colonial settings represented in The Sheltering Sky and Justine. The Conclusion argues that some colonial novels do not merely historicize the agonies of co Ionizers and colonized, and that it should not be necessary to limit the focus of literary analysis of colonial novels to cultural and political conflicts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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