Such a Long Journey: Reading Contemporary Postcolonial Theory in the Fiction of Rohinton Mistry
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This study examines Rohinton Mistry’s texts through postcolonial theory. Both the author and theory come under close scrutiny in order to provide an insight into the neocolonial world. Mistry is a significant postcolonial author, and the study examines the fascinating variety of ways that he conforms with, and yet defies this categorisation. The popular terms ‘diaspora’ and ‘hybridity’ are problematized in turn, examining the positive and negative aspects of each. The study is in dialogue with seminal postcolonial theory, whilst offering some challenging notions for the future. Mistry’s work undermines essentialist notions of colonial discourse, and this is presented alongside the writings of key critics such as Edward Said, Salman Rushdie, Homi K. Bhabha and Ania Loomba. Throughout this research, questions are asked about the difficulties of writing the distance between new and old homes. Germaine Greer highlights one of the ways that this is difficult when she questions Mistry’s authenticity, and this frames the research. There is a theme of journeying that travels through the study, attempting to further unify the author and theory.
Dissertation by Alice Paetel for the BA English & Popular Culture course, submitted May 2012.
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