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This dissertation, "Written Orders: Authority and Crisis in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives" by Man-Yin, Chiu, 趙敏言, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3. 0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of thesis entitled Written Orders: Authority and Crisis in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives submitted by Chiu Man Yin for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong in July 2002 This study looks at the representation of colonial authority in the prose fiction of Leonard Woolf, George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Lloyd Fernando. Specifically, it examines the relationship between these representations and the rhetorical forms that the writers have adopted to express them. Each writer adapts the conventions of the realist novel form to reflect his personal engagement with the crisis in colonial authority, and the crisis in the legitimating discourses of colonialism. During the time span covered by the four novels in this study, the British Empire declined. The beginnings of the colonial crisis of authority that Leonard Woolf detected when the British Empire was at its zenith deepen and eventually end with decolonisation and the dissolution of political and administrative authority over most major ex-colonial territories. This crisis in colonial authority is reflected in a crisis of representation as the four writers deploy and modify the realist novel strategically to reflect their perceptions of the distance opening up between colonialist discourse and the socio-political context. Leonard Woolf's The Village in the Jungle is an imaginative compensation for the limitations of Western rational discourse in the representation of the Ceylonese. His novel deploys realist procedures, modified by the language of the supernatural, to imaginatively construct a native point of view, placing the Ceylonese at the centre of attention and sympathy. George Orwell's Burmese Days exposes the hollowness at the centre of colonialism. Though employing standard realist procedures appropriate to Empire stories, his novel is in fact a meta-satire on the genre of the Empire novel. He evacuates the basic premise of the genre and deflates the narrative procedures of Empire stories. Anthony Burgess's The Malayan Trilogy turns realist protocols into farce in an attempt to make sense of the period of socio-political chaos during Malaysian decolonisation. Seeing both art and colonialism as makers of order, Burgess creates an aesthetic order in fiction where the discourses of colonialism have lost their public authority. Lloyd Fernando's Scorpion Orchid responds to Malaysian decolonisation optimistically, seeing the crisis in colonial authority as an opportunity for a new postcolonial order embracing colonial and local traditions. His novel replaces realism with a modernist collage of Western and Asian narratives to offer a new way of articulating this postcolonial vision. The deepening crisis in colonial authority and its legitimating discourses is mirrored in the written order of the four novels, which progressively modify the realist Empire novel until the eventual break into modernism in the final postcolonial novel about the waning of Empire. DOI: 10. 5353/th_b2981290 Subjects: English fiction - 20th century - History and criticismColonies in literaturePostcolonialism in literatureDecolonization in literature.

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