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Reading the Club as Colonial Island in E.M.Forsters' A Passage to India and George Orwell's Burmese Days

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Crane, R, Reading the Club as Colonial Island in E.M.Forsters' A Passage to India and George Orwell's Burmese Days, Island Studies Journal, 6, (1) pp. 17-28. ISSN 1715-2593 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This paper examines the "island effect" in two enormously influential colonial fictions published in the final decades of the British Empire in India. Through a detailed analysis of the Club scene in Forster’s A Passage to India (1924) and Orwell’s pervasive use of the Kyauktada Club in Burmese Days (1934), this paper brings critical focus to the phenomenon of the Club in British India. It explores the way the Club functions as an ‘island’ microcosm within a larger framework of colonial isolation, and the way intimate colonial relations prevail within its walls and sustain an isolated community which fears for its survival outside its enclosing border.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:A Passage to India; British India; Burmese Days; colonial isolation; E.M. Forster; George Orwell; island effect; island microcosm
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary Studies
Research Field:British and Irish Literature
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and Literature
Author:Crane, R (Professor Ralph Crane)
ID Code:73374
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2011-09-29
Last Modified:2014-10-10
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