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Book Review

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Winter 1994


This explores the changing "inner world" of the English in India, by examining "images" of India in the fiction of three English authors. The three are Rudyard Kipling, E. M. Forster, and Paul Scott. Citing Allen J. Greenberger, The British Image of India (London: Oxford University Press, 1960), Gokhale identifies these authors, respectively, with "the Age of Confidence (1860s to 1918), the Era of Anxiety (1919- 1935) and the Years of Sunset (1936-1947) " (pp. 31-32) . By an "inner world" he means to emphasize emotions and perceptions colored by emo­tions, rather than facts. For "images" he prefers to rely on realistic descriptions of landscapes and characters. This is a strategy that must be altered for Forster. Throughout, Gokhale provides historical backgrounds for the works of fiction he analyzes, but thinking of "history" as a known ''back­ ground" for "literature" makes it difficult for him to discover anything new about history from literature.

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Pacific Affairs





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Pacific Affairs: An International Review of Asia and the Pacific is published by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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