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J.G. Farrell’s literary contributions have been awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for literature twice, and several aspects of his novels have sparked interesting critical discourse. In The Siege of Krishnapur, Farrell employs images of abandonment, erosion, and destruction of a centrally located British structure as a vehicle for criticizing British imperialism. Fa J.G. Farrell’s literary contributions have been awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for literature twice, and several aspects of his novels have sparked interesting critical discourse. In The Siege of Krishnapur, Farrell employs images of abandonment, erosion, and destruction of a centrally located British structure as a vehicle for criticizing British imperialism. Farrell uses these images as a substitute for the developed native characters commonly found in postcolonial novels, and his criticism is deeply rooted in the Western tradition. The postcolonial theory of Homi Bhabha is used as the foundation for looking to objects as tools of hegemony, and the influence that the structure has on both the dominant and dominated culture is explored. The gradual destruction of the Residency, the behavior of the colonists, and the effect that colonial relationship has on the native Indians is analyzed.


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J.G. Farrell’s literary contributions have been awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for literature twice, and several aspects of his novels have sparked interesting critical discourse. In The Siege of Krishnapur, Farrell employs images of abandonment, erosion, and destruction of a centrally located British structure as a vehicle for criticizing British imperialism. Fa J.G. Farrell’s literary contributions have been awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for literature twice, and several aspects of his novels have sparked interesting critical discourse. In The Siege of Krishnapur, Farrell employs images of abandonment, erosion, and destruction of a centrally located British structure as a vehicle for criticizing British imperialism. Farrell uses these images as a substitute for the developed native characters commonly found in postcolonial novels, and his criticism is deeply rooted in the Western tradition. The postcolonial theory of Homi Bhabha is used as the foundation for looking to objects as tools of hegemony, and the influence that the structure has on both the dominant and dominated culture is explored. The gradual destruction of the Residency, the behavior of the colonists, and the effect that colonial relationship has on the native Indians is analyzed.

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