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Orienting Masculinity, Orienting Nation : W.Somerset Maugham's Exotic Fiction - Philip Holden

Orienting Masculinity, Orienting Nation

W.Somerset Maugham's Exotic Fiction

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Although their settings span a wide geographical area, from the South Pacific to India, Maugham's exotic short stories, novels, and travelogues all, ultimately, focus on the creation of a masculine British identity. In this first book to address Maugham's fiction in light of recent developments in postcolonial, gender, and cultural theory, Holden argues that Maugham's work can be understood as an attempt to negotiate between two alternative masculine identities: those of private homosexual and public writer. Holden identifies Maugham's attempts to cultivate a public persona as a writer whose heterosexuality is confirmed through a process of control of language. Furthermore, Holden illuminates the fluidity of language that Maugham, in contrast to his public persona, associated with homosexuality. The basis of this study is the provocative notion that Maugham's texts, despite their exotic locations, ultimately dramatize a struggle over masculine British identity.

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"The work makes a genuine contribution to our understanding of the works of Somerset Maugham and to gender studies in general."-Dennis Porter, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Introduction Envisioning the Primitive
The Moon and Sixpence The Trembling of a Leaf and the Closet of Nostalgia The Flaneur Abroad
On A Chinese Screen The Empty Sign of The Painted Veil Transgression and Containment
The Malayan Short Stories The Narrow Corner
Intoxication, Homoeroticism, and the Writing Cure Transcending Sexuality
India and The Razor's Edge Conclusion Bibliography Index
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ISBN: 9780313298127
ISBN-10: 0313298122
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 30th July 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45