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Eddie Tay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028740

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.001.0001

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The Exhaustion of Colonial Romance: W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess

The Exhaustion of Colonial Romance: W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess

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(p.45) 3 The Exhaustion of Colonial Romance: W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess
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Colony, Nation, and Globalisation
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Eddie Tay

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028740.003.0004

This chapter examines representations of Englishness and the British Empire in the writings of W. Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess. It suggests that Maugham's representation of Europeans in Malaya is troubled by a reservation expressed in the work as to the authority of Englishness. Burgess, on the other hand, harbours an anxiety as to the role of the Englishman in the tropics. Taken together, the works of these two authors depict a Malaya that is gradually becoming socially and politically uninhabitable to its colonial occupants.

Keywords:   Englishness, British Empire, W. Somerset Maugham, Anthony Burgess, Malaya, colonial relations

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