Term of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Literature

Committee Chair

Joe Pellegrino

Committee Member 1

Gautam Kundu

Committee Member 2

Hans-Georg Erney


The Postcolonial novel attempts to reveal the crimes and lasting effects of colonization. By looking at Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, I intend to reveal how the inversion of the typical postcolonial gender dynamic changes the conversation about the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized. The male, colonized characters within these works are used as surrogates for something that the colonizer, female has lost or desires. This change in relationship draws attention to the way in which past empires still exert their influence on former colonies. The methods of the colonizer have changed from outright conquest to a covert neocolonization that draws the colonized to the core of the empire in order to exert power.

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