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London calling [electronic resource] : V.S. Naipaul, postcolonial Mandarin /
Rob Nixon.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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229 p.
ISBN
0195067177 (Cloth)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
isbn
0195067177 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
catalogue key
7372138
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-221) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-10:
V.S. Naipaul may be the most provocative writer today. As Rob Nixon shows, however, many regard him "as a mandarin and an institution." In order to contest this view, Nixon focuses on Naipaul's travel writing, arguing that "ethnic marginality has been used, by Naipaul and his influential supporters, to deflect attention away from the traditional affiliations that permeate his idiom." Nixon is especially good on Naipaul's misleading self-characterizations as exile or refugee: "By now, it would seem appropriate to address the disparity between the energetically defended image of Naipaul as one of history's rejects. . .and his standing as among the two or three most lionized writers resident in England." Nixon is at his best in the chapter, "Preparations for Travel: Naipaul's Conradian Atavism," where he situates Naipaul's work among other responses to Heart of Darkness. Elsewhere Nixon offers many insights into travel writing as a genre and many illuminating comparisons between Naipaul and other travel writers. This is the best of many books on Naipaul and a major contribution to postcolonial studies. Highly recommended. T. Ware; Bishop's University
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Review Quotes
"A book that subsequent writers on Naipaul will have to take into consideration."--Ariel
"A book that subsequent writers on Naipaul will have to take intoconsideration."--Ariel
"A well-written, lucid challenge to the prevailing Anglo-American anointment of Naipaul as an 'expert' on the Third World at large....Nixon defines terms superbly, exhumes subtleties, and challanges standard thinking."--Georgia Review
"A well-written, lucid challenge to the prevailing Anglo-Americananointment of Naipaul as an 'expert' on the Third World at large....Nixondefines terms superbly, exhumes subtleties, and challanges standardthinking."--Georgia Review
"Nixon's book reintroduces all the familiar arguments that expose Naipaul's ideological underpinnings, yet the clarity and consistency of its discourse--couched in elegant, forceful prose--evince freshness and novelty."--Modern Fiction Studies
"Nixon's book reintroduces all the familiar arguments that exposeNaipaul's ideological underpinnings, yet the clarity and consistency of itsdiscourse--couched in elegant, forceful prose--evince freshness andnovelty."--Modern Fiction Studies
"Rob Nixon has written a brilliant, compelling study of one of the finest and most misunderstood writers of the twentieth century. This work sheds new light on the entire body of Naipaul's writing, and sets an entirely new standard for Naipaul criticism and scholarship."--Arnold Rampersad,Princeton University
"Rob Nixon has written a brilliant, compelling study of one of the finestand most misunderstood writers of the twentieth century. This work sheds newlight on the entire body of Naipaul's writing, and sets an entirely new standardfor Naipaul criticism and scholarship."--Arnold Rampersad, PrincetonUniversity
"Somehow over the course of his 35-year career, V.S. Naipaul has developed into an almost extraliterary figure....Nixon's critique exposes the scantiness of this postcolonial emperor's attire with an eloquent combination of outrage and humor."--Village Voice
"Somehow over the course of his 35-year career, V.S. Naipaul has developedinto an almost extraliterary figure....Nixon's critique exposes the scantinessof this postcolonial emperor's attire with an eloquent combination of outrageand humor."--Village Voice
This is the best of many books on Naipaul and a major contribution to postcolonial studies. Highly recommended."--Choice
This is the best of many books on Naipaul and a major contribution topostcolonial studies. Highly recommended."--Choice
"Somehow over the course of his 35-year career, V.S. Naipaul has developed into an almost extraliterary figure....Nixon's critique exposes the scantiness of this postcolonial emperor's attire with an eloquent combination of outrage and humor."--Village Voice"A well-written, lucid challenge to the prevailing Anglo-American anointment of Naipaul as an 'expert' on the Third World at large....Nixon defines terms superbly, exhumes subtleties, and challanges standard thinking."--Georgia ReviewThis is the best of many books on Naipaul and a major contribution to postcolonial studies. Highly recommended."--Choice"Rob Nixon has written a brilliant, compelling study of one of the finest and most misunderstood writers of the twentieth century. This work sheds new light on the entire body of Naipaul's writing, and sets an entirely new standard for Naipaul criticism and scholarship."--Arnold Rampersad, Princeton University"Nixon's book reintroduces all the familiar arguments that expose Naipaul's ideological underpinnings, yet the clarity and consistency of its discourse--couched in elegant, forceful prose--evince freshness and novelty."--Modern Fiction Studies"A book that subsequent writers on Naipaul will have to take into consideration."--Ariel
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Summaries
Long Description
V. S. Naipaul stands as the most lionized literary mediator between First and Third-World experience and is ordinarily viewed as possessing a unique authority on the subject of cross-cultural relations in the post-colonial era. In contesting this orthodox reading of his work, Nixon argues that Naipaul is more than simply an unduly influential writer. He has become a regressive Western institution, articulating a set of values that perpetuates political interests andrepresentational modes that have their origin in the high imperial age. Nixon uses Naipaul's travel writing to probe the core theoretical issues raised by cross-cultural representation along metropolitan-periphery lines. In successive chapters he explores the relation between multi-cultural identity and therhetorical conventions of exile; the imperial undertow in travel writing as a genre; the tensions between ethnographic and autobiographical modes of authority; and the magnetic pull of the Conradian tradition in figuring the third World. In the penultimate chapter, Nixon analyses the importance of the discourse of primitivism as a means of abrogating Third World experiences of historical change and, in particular, of minimalizing the role of indigenous resistance. Finally, with referenceto economic theories of dependency, he critiques the vision, popularized by Naipaul, of the post-colonial world as divided between mimic and parasitic Third World nations on the one hand and, on the other, the benignly creative societies of the West.
Main Description
V.S. Naipaul stands as the most lionized literary mediator between First and Third World experience and is ordinarily viewed as possessing a unique authority on the subject of cross-cultural relations in the post-colonial era. In contesting this orthodox reading of his work, Nixon argues thatNaipaul is more than simply an unduly influential writer. He has become a regressive Western institution, articulating a set of values that perpetuates political interests and representational modes that have their origin in the high imperial age. Nixon uses Naipaul's travel writing to probe thecore theoretical issues raised by cross-cultural representation along metropolitan-periphery lines. With reference to economic theories of dependency, he critiques the vision, popularized by Naipaul, of the post-colonial world as divided between mimic and parasitic Third World nations on the onehand and, on the other, the benignly creative societies of the West.
Main Description
V.S. Naipaul stands as the most lionized literary mediator between First and Third World experience and is ordinarily viewed as possessing a unique authority on the subject of cross-cultural relations in the post-colonial era. In contesting this orthodox reading of his work, Nixon argues that Naipaul is more than simply an unduly influential writer. He has become a regressive Western institution, articulating a set of values that perpetuates political interests and representational modes that have their origin in the high imperial age. Nixon uses Naipaul's travel writing to probe the core theoretical issues raised by cross-cultural representation along metropolitan-periphery lines. With reference to economic theories of dependency, he critiques the vision, popularized by Naipaul, of the post-colonial world as divided between mimic and parasitic Third World nations on the one hand and, on the other, the benignly creative societies of the West.
Table of Contents
Naipaul's Chronologyp. ix
Introductionp. 3
The License of Exilep. 17
Naipaul and the Traditions of Travelp. 44
At the Generic Crossroads: Travel Writing, Ethnography, and Autobiographyp. 66
Preparations for Travel: Naipaul's Conradian Atavismp. 88
The Terms of Dismissal: 'Barbarism,' 'Primitivism,' and 'Simple Societies,'p. 109
'Mimicry,' 'Parasitism,' and Resistancep. 130
Conclusion: A Kinder, Gentler Naipaul?p. 159
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 223
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