The Silence of the Askaris

Simon Lewis

in British and African Literature in Transnational Context

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036021
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038636 | DOI:
The Silence of the Askaris

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The chapter compares and contrasts Gurnah's Paradise and William Boyd's An Ice-Cream War. In the process, and throughout this section, it becomes clear that even well-meaning British writers about Africa cannot fully free themselves from the confines of colonial discourse. Although many of Boyd's works satirize British governing class attitudes this one particular novel An Ice-Cream War reproduces closely related features familiar from colonial discourse. The main concern of the novel is with the European history of East Africa. However, Gurnah's writings are clearly in contrast with those of Boyd.

Keywords: Gurnah; Paradise; William Boyd; An Ice-Cream War; British writers; colonial discourse; Africa; governing class; colonial discourse; East Africa

Chapter.  6540 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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