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By N. Roberts

This learn of Lawrence's trip writings is the 1st book-length research to process the topic just about modern postcolonial concept. concentrating on the writings of 1921-25, the interval while Lawrence was once such a lot intensely engaged in trip, it comprises chapters on Sea and Sardinia, Kangaroo, The Plumed Serpent and the essays and tales encouraged by way of Lawrence's event of the recent international.

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There is never any question that Marlow will stay in Africa, or that he will discover an African ‘reality’ outside himself. The reality that Marlow discovers is Kurtz’s dying recognition, ‘The horror! ’ This reality does not in any way belong to Africa or to Africans, though the African experience is necessary to enable the recognition. Achebe’s word ‘backdrop’ is too inert in its implications—something like ‘agent’ is more appropriate—but it is quite true that the story is essentially a matter of European consciousness.

In my father’s generation, with the old wild England behind them, and the lack of education, the man was not beaten down. (P 136–37) those which produced modern Europe and America, and that might reasonably be thought to offer an alternative. Again, the desire for the cultural other that results from this does not have to be explained in exclusively psychological terms. What I call otherness in the texts discussed in this book is not merely difference. Nor is it the harmonious recognition of the mystery of the not-self advocated in The Symbolic Meaning.

Compare ‘He was trembling slightly, and his eyes were dilated with a strange, greyish-blue fire that was very painful and elemental’ (TI 184), with ‘eyes of soft, blank darkness, all velvet, with no imp looking out of them’ (SS 67). In the first of these descriptions, ‘dilation’ registers a physiological symptom of emotion, ‘painful’ is a direct indication of subjectivity and ‘fire’ locates the vitality of the man in his eyes. In the second, ‘blank’ and the negative ‘no imp’ combine with the key image ‘velvet’ which represents the eyes as a surface with no interiority.

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