Metaphor and the post colonial novel

Singh, S 2010, Metaphor and the post colonial novel, Masters by Research, Media and Communication, RMIT University.


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Title Metaphor and the post colonial novel
Author(s) Singh, S
Year 2010
Abstract My thesis, Metaphor and the Postcolonial Novel, explores the contextual underpinnings and the epistemological implications of colonialist literature at our disposable through the times, by which the previously colonised nations have been categorised and understood, or, ‘misunderstood’, so to speak. I have been able to achieve such an end by identifying with the tenets of the postcolonial theory as propounded by Gita Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, amongst other theoreticians. The coloured and biased perceptions of ex-colonies have catered to a readership which refuses to let go of an epoch which has long outlived its glory, only the longing nostalgia of a lost Empire remains. My research, therefore, has been a humble endeavour to deconstruct and demystify such old-world Eurocentric perceptions of my own country, India, by attempting a narrative which though set during a colonial epoch and engaging with a theme of the Great Revolt of 1857, brings forth a germane account from the marginalised’s point of view. The resultant outcome has been that the story is an authentic validation of an event, which uptil now had been the domain of colonialist’s sensibilities and prerequisites. Therefore, my novel, War Cry, recreates the postcolonial novel in contemporary terms. Metaphors, as additional tools to strengthen my narrative, have aided immeasurably in lending profundity to my creative work.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Keyword(s) India
colonial fiction
metaphor
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