Maugham on Mainland Southeast Asia

Christine Doran

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    Abstract

    Based on his experiences during a journey through mainland Southeast Asia in 1923, Somerset Maugham published a book of colonial travel entitled The Gentleman in the Parlour. Focusing mainly on his representations of Burma (now Myanmar), an analysis will be presented of Maugham’s travelogue in the light of postcolonial scholarship, especially those theoretical insights developed under the inspiration of Edward Said’s seminal work, Orientalism. Despite its pretensions to be apolitical, Maugham’s travel book will be shown to be a repository of colonial ideas and attitudes, integrally involved in the prevailing European discourse of high imperialism. It is thus of great interest and value to scholars of British imperial rule in Asia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-25
    Number of pages4
    JournalAmerican International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

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