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Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Saikat Majumdar


Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for people living on the colonial periphery. This book suggests that this impoverished affective experience of colonial modernity significantly shapes the innovative aesthetics of modernist fiction. The book explores the global life of this narrative aesthetic, from late-colonial modernism to the present day, focusing on a writer each from Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Ranging from Jame ... More

Keywords: empire, colonialism, colonial modernity, modernist fiction, late-colonial modernism, James Joyce, Amit Chaudhuri, contemporary fiction, banality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156950
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saikat Majumdar, author
Stanford University