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The Exhaustion of Colonial Romance: W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess

Eddie Tay

in Colony, Nation, and Globalisation

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028740
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206762 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.003.0004
The Exhaustion of Colonial Romance: W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess

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This chapter examines representations of Englishness and the British Empire in the writings of W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess. It suggests that Maugham's representation of Europeans in Malaya is troubled by a reservation expressed in the work as to the authority of Englishness. Burgess, on the other hand, harbours an anxiety as to the role of the Englishman in the tropics. Taken together, the works of these two authors depict a Malaya that is gradually becoming socially and politically uninhabitable to its colonial occupants.

Keywords: Englishness; British Empire; W. Somerset Maugham; Anthony Burgess; Malaya; colonial relations

Chapter.  7886 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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