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Volume 2 Issue 12

June 2015

Search for Authentic Selfhood in V.S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River
Ms. M. Archana, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Government Arts College, 
Karur, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Fragmentation, alienation, and exile are common terms associated with postcolonial literature. Imperialism played a key role in bringing a sense of alienation and disorder to the countries where imperialists ruled. This paper deals with the presentation of the postcolonial state of affairs in Naipaul’s novel, demonstrates an immediate and insensitive concern with the former colonized societies. The major themes that emerge are related to the problems of the colonized people, their sense of alienation from the landscapes, their identity crisis, the inconsistency of freedom and the problem of neocolonialism.
Keywords
Post colonialism; Alienation; Identity crisis; Rootlessness.
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