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V. S. Naipaul

Sue Thomas

in West Indian Intellectuals in Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719064746
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700426 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719064746.003.0012
V. S. Naipaul

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Vidiadhur Surajprasad Naipaul has abjured being categorised as West Indian. Becoming ‘extraregional’ for Naipaul has entailed not just a broadening of his range of literary subjects as in Mr Stone and the Knights Companion; it has also involved a more active dissociation of himself from West Indian communities in England and social and political developments within them. The rise of black consciousness and Black Power movements during the 1960s disturbed Naipaul. His travel writing, advocacy of the standards of a universal civilisation, and casual cultural commentary in interviews show the reactionary conservatism of his politics of decolonisation. Naipaul's representations of England and the English do not uniformly indulge a patriotic racism and imperial nostalgia or play to persistent racial stereotypes of non-white peoples in England. His conservatism is characterised by deeply conflicted attitudes to liberal principles with respect to racial issues and histories.

Keywords: Vidiadhur Surajprasad Naipaul; West Indian; Mr Stone and the Knights Companion; England; black consciousness; Black Power movements; universal civilisation; decolonisation; patriotic racism

Chapter.  9428 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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