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A Ruin Amidst Ruins: VS Naipaul Walking the English Countryside
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Modern fiction studies, ISSN 0026-7724, E-ISSN 1080-658X, Vol. 64, no 2, p. 209-238Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

V. S. Naipaul's novel The Enigma of Arrival revolves around peripatetic explorations of an England in decay. Saturated in pensive sadness, the novel has been read often as nostalgic for the time of empire. Against such views, this article reconsiders Enigma's affective strategies by illuminating how it appropriates a romantic imaginary of walking among ruins and re-posits it in postcolonial context. The article demonstrates how Enigma's romanticist sadness and embodied engagement with place perform a critical revision of idealized fantasies of England and its imperial history.

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2018. Vol. 64, no 2, p. 209-238
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158306DOI: 10.1353/mfs.2018.0018ISI: 000435229600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158306DiVA, id: diva2:1235904
Available from: 2018-07-30 Created: 2018-07-30 Last updated: 2018-07-30Bibliographically approved

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