“Insights into the Dynamics of History: A Glow after Memory of a Postcolonial World inV.S.Naipaul’sThe Mimic Men”
1Dr. Imen Mzoughi
V.S.Naipaul’s longing for a great Caribbeanarchipelago within the scope of his novel entitledThe Mimic Men is praiseworthy. Naipaul is a Trinidadian writer stationed in Britain. He was educated in England. His novel The Mimic Men (1967) is a vivid account of the different influences shaping the Caribbean community and individuals. His book invokes a personal journey cast through the character of Singh. The protagonist is the archetype of a critical criollist. The granted awards to Naipaul testify to his genius in adopting and adapting his narrative to accentuate the multi-culturality of the Caribbean.Naipaul belongs to the Black Caribbean diaspora. Yet, he has been stationed in different metropolitan centres. Hisliterary outputs thus match his existential predicament.As a black Caribbean writer,Naipaul embodies both first and third world sensibilities. He can speak on behalf of diasporic identities. The composite of his inclusive representations of Caribbeans finds itself expressed in a nostalgic discourse for a great Caribbean archipelago. Impelled by a growing desire to delineate the features of a Caribbean identity which defies easy categorizations, this paperestablishes a cultural identity for Caribbeanswithout imposing any restricted definition of identity.Also, this paper strives to rewrite the theory of postcolonialism in an endeavour to meet the complexity of the Caribbean archipelago and the identity of its inhabitants.
Dynamics of History, Caribbean cultural identity, Caribbeansand the Island Community.