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What Is a Classic?Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon$
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Ankhi Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785211

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785211.001.0001

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What Is a Novel?

What Is a Novel?

Conrad, Said, Naipaul

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What Is a Classic?

Ankhi Mukherjee

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the theme of anxiety of influence in relation to two significant postcolonial extrapolations of Joseph Conrad’s art of fiction: V. S. Naipaul’s rewriting of the intergenre novel and Edward Said’s rewriting of Conrad’s autobiographical fiction and narrative theory. It examines the curious way in which Conrad, himself an exile and émigré, comes to stand for a viable European narrative tradition for postcolonial latecomers to the Great Tradition.

Keywords:   Autobiographical fiction, documentary novel, race, exile, colonial schizophrenia

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