My daughter is doing her PG in English literature. She needs help on the topic 'imperialism and textuality'. It would be a great help if anybody could provide me a link to any article on the above topic.
So, first thing to do: type English literature + textuality into the google search engine box, and then read as many texts as you can (your, daughter, that is) and then English literature + imperialism. Take the most important texts and then write a good piece of work. Academic writing is about research and the ability to concise a ´´sea of information´´ into a narrow topic. Some links just by the look at the title:
Your first post said "my daughter is doing her PG in English literature" so I think people gave advice based on the "daughter is doing" part, which is why they guided you towards sources to help find information on post-colonialism etc. What I think you meant to say is your daughter is NOT doing her PG in English lit and needs to buy a paper so she can get credit for having done it anyway, am I getting it right?
Thanks for asking the clarification! My daughter is really doing her PG in English literature. She did not get a good reference book and the time is nearing for the exam. She asked for my help but I am not an expert in literature! So I thought that I should ask for help from my friends in the forum. I hope I could explained it properly.
1984, a novel by George Orwell might be a start. Orwell also had a lot to say in his essays concerning British Imperialism and what went wrong in the 19th and 20th Centuries. H.G. Wells didn't just write Science Fiction. He also wrote directly about the times he was living in. For an American source I would recommend Aldous Huxley and his novel Brave New World. I hope that is of some help.
Edward Said - Orientalism is one of the texts usually associated with this study area (can't remember them all) but as others said, it's about subjectivity and defining the 'other' (i.e. if I am an imperialist and position myself as the 'norm', everyone else who doesn't conform to that norm (I swear that wasn't supposed to be in rhyme) is 'other'.
The literature shows attitudes and ideologies around both being the invader and the invaded.
It's actually a really big topic. She's got some reading ahead of her.
The books I have mentioned deal with imperialism, lies told to the military and the civilians to keep a corrupt society functioning plus weird and wonderful belief systems.
In the 19th Century China came under threat of invasion and total take over by the imperial forces of the Western countries plus Japan. You can look into the Boxer rebellion. One thing the Boxers were upset about was the influx of opium into their country by the British. Yes opium did not originally come from China. Another form of attack was foisting your religion on somebody else though Christians may not agree with this point of view and see missionaries in a more noble light. But this is all history, not literature.
I like to thanks you all Audrevea, Rod Marsden, Shadesbreath & Alternate Poet for your discussions on the topic. I am forwarding it to my daughter so that she could find the guidance from these discussions.
The commentary of Edward Said is very useful for this subject. However when I was writing an essay in this area I used the example of a Joseph Conrad novel 'Heart of Darkness' combined with analysis of Chinua Achebe and Benita Parry. Conrad is broadly accused of being an imperialist himself so his writing is very controversial. Achebe has a lot to say about Conrad, so it is for the essayist to interpret the debate.
Imperialism is humanity sometimes at its worst. The imperialists in "Heart of Darkness" are flawed humans out of their depth.
The Belgium government of the day could have stopped the slaughter and mistreatment of the natives in the Congo if their thought processes were different.
The potato famine caused by the potato blight might not have been so harsh in the south of Ireland if those in the north had been given permission to send food south. They were not given permission by the English authorities.
In India in the 19th Century there was famine that might have been relieved if one part of the country could have come to the aid of the devastated part. British imperialism was such that this could not and did not happen.
Sure imperialism can be seen as against humanity sometimes but lest we forget it comes from humanity.
For British/Australian imperialism you might check out The Cake Man by Bob Merritt. Its a play written by an Aboriginal writer and deals with the impact on the Aborigines of white invasion and white settlement. It isn't a very long play and it is easy to read.
Most universities offer an online Library on their website for students. I went to PSU and it was absolutely huge and priceless for my papers, and I didn't have to waste time scouring a normal library.
I didn't know about it till my sophmore year however, so maybe she doesn't know about hers.
Ask if the school has one because they are handy and packed full of all information such as this I'm sure.