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Soody Gholami

The Unhomely in Selected Post-Imperial British Literature: Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George, Caryl Phillips’ Foreigners: Three English Lives, Crossing the River and Higher Ground, and Marina Warner’s Indigo.

My thesis looks at contemporary British fiction’s engagements with the colonial past and investigates the ways in which diverse ethnic backgrounds of British writers and the wide scope of their writing in terms of places and times it represents have helped expand and challenge the concepts of national identity, home and belonging. Applying Freud’s unheimlich (the unhomely or the uncanny), I focus on the representation of physical displacement and psychological disorientation instigated by characters’ forced or voluntary dislocation  in Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George, Caryl Phillips’ Foreigners: Three English Lives, Crossing the River and Higher Ground, and Marina Warner’s Indigo.

Supervisor: Dr Mpalive Msiska