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by V.S. Naipaul

"The novel examines the impact of imperialism on a native English estate, slowly decaying along with its reclusive landlord, who is suffering from a degenerative disease." (description from Contemporary Authors)

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The Double and the Center: V.S. Naipaul and Caryl Phillips' Use of Doubling to Eradicate Traditional Notions of Center and Periphery
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "Both V.S. Naipaul and Caryl Phillips use doubling--the process of setting up a pair of ostensible opposites--to explore the process of cultural mixture and to toy with traditional notions of the center. Naipaul, in The Enigma of Arrival, and Phillips, in Cambridge, detail how certain characteristics, which should be limited to one of a pair, actually spill over the dividing line of a given category and become a shared similarity. That is, the lines which divide two polar opposites become crooked or even invisible. But whereas Phillips looks outward and employs this technique to eliminate entirely a fixed notion of the center , Naipaul instead turns inward and attempts to place himself in this honored position."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: David P. Lichtenstein
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English

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