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The Colonizer and the Colonized in Kazuo Ishiguro's Novels, An Artist of the Floating World and The Remains of the Day
Halmstad University, School of Humanities (HUM).
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay investigates the colonized self in Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World and The Remains of the Day, by analyzing the novels from a postcolonial perspective. Furthermore, it discusses how and why Masuji Ono and Mr. Stevens are affected by Japanese imperialism and British colonialism. Through a close reading of the novels, this essay argues that the protagonists are ‘colonized’ by their own countries, and eventually also ‘imperialized,’ or influenced, by America following the Second World War. Ono is ‘colonized’ by his colleague Matsuda, while Mr. Stevens is ‘colonized’ by his employer, Mr. Darlington. Later on, they are both ‘imperialized’ through the American occupation and influence.

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2012. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, Masuji Ono, Mr. Stevens, Literary Text Analysis, Postcolonialism
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Humanities Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-18228OAI: diva2:536932
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-07-02 Created: 2012-06-24 Last updated: 2012-07-02Bibliographically approved

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