Contested Masculinities: Crises in Colonial Male Identity from Joseph Conrad to Satyajit Ray

1st Edition

Nalin Jayasena

Routledge
Published December 11, 2008
Reference - 262 Pages
ISBN 9780415998437 - CAT# Y008756
Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Summary

Exploring how English masculinity - that was so contingent on the relative health of the British imperial project - negotiated the decline and ultimate dissolution of the empire by the middle of the twentieth century, this book argues that by defining itself in relation to indigenous masculinity, English masculinity began to share a common idiom with its colonial other. The rhetoric of indigenous masculinity, therefore, both mimicked and departed from its metropolitan counterpart. The study combines an interdisciplinary approach with a focus that is not limited to a single colonial society but ranges from colonial Bengal, Burma, Borneo and finally to colonial Australia.

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