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The Identity Tracking under the Background of Post-Colonialism: Study on Naipaul

Author ZhouHui
Tutor HuangZuo
School Wenzhou University
Course Literature and Art
Keywords Naipaul identity sense of alienation diaspora
Type Master's thesis
Year 2009
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Basing on his own traveling experience, Naipaul’s works make a record of the history of colony and the lives of the colonials in post-colonial period. He plays a key role in Diasporic Literature and Post-Colonial Literature.Naipaul’s cultural loss reflected in his works is a common spiritual state of diaspora writers in post-colonial period, which is also the expression of the bewilderment of the modern people who are faced with the confusing situation caused by the collision of multi-cultures in our epoch. Furthermore, his loss is closely connected with his expression of exile and travel.Therefore, starting from Naipaul’s exile, this paper manages to study seven of his works matched with the special places: Trinidad—Africa—India—England. They are Miguel Street, A house for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, A Trilogy about India and The Enigma of Arrival. By employing postcolonial theory and through detailed analysis, this dissertation tries to explore the themes as well as the artistic features of these novels, and reveals their social significance.

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