By Peter Morey
This bookexplores the relation of narrative strategy to problems with strength. The booklet facilities mostly round British writers on India with chapters on Kipling, E. M. Forster, John Masters, J. G. Farrell, and Paul Scott. a last, comparative bankruptcy discusses the paintings of 2 postindependence Indian writers -- Khushwant Singh and Rohinton Mistry.
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Those voices which might record his selfish and unreasonable behaviour are pushed to the fringes of the text and quickly silenced. 17 Yet Kipling’s text is singular in Pansay’s method of suppression, which provides a clue as to his author’s mode of manipulation in the tales of horror, and how he apprehends and speaks for (one might say, ‘colonizes’) other narratives under imperialism. The instigating narrator and Pansay’s doctor, Heatherlegh, each has his own theory as to the cause of Pansay’s condition.
The extent of his development as a writer can be appreciated by the degree to which such devices become internalized in the structure of later texts such as ‘Mrs Bathurst’ and ‘Dayspring Mishandled’, where several narratives contend for preeminence within the body of the meta-narrative. ) The status of Anglo-Indian knowledge of the colonized Other, touched upon in ‘Beyond the Pale’, forms a central concern of stories in this and other volumes, and comes to be linked to its co-efficient, power. , p.
P. 127), suggesting the text as a mystery the reader will be empowered to solve. Yet he immediately imposes a limit on the information we are to be allowed. Pansay refuses to say ‘what manner of woman’ MOREY/Chap 1 36 14/8/00, 11:33 am 37 Gothic and Supernatural Mrs Wessington was, but tells us to be ‘content with the knowledge’ that they were once in love. Furthermore, he cajoles the reader in the guise of an appeal to a common sense code of reasonable conduct which he depicts Mrs Wessington as violating through her persistence: ‘You will agree with me … that such conduct would have driven anyone to despair.