E.M Forster‟s A Passage to India as a Postcolonial Novel

1Mahek Dudeja and Dr. Shivani Vashist

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Abstract:

The term ‘Post Colonialism’ refers to the representation of race, ethnicity, culture and human identity in the modern era; mostly after many colonized countries got their independence from European powers. Dating back to the time of 16th century, the colonial and imperial encounter between the west and the non-west has led to historical, political and cultural ramifications often dictating a Eurocentric superiority on the natives who are perceived to be inferior, barbaric and uncivilized. In an attempt to dominate inferior people, the colonial ruler has often set to suppress their culture, tradition as well as tried to suppress them with their own language. These acts of suppression were resisted by natives in order to save their indigenous languages, cultures and lifestyles. In literature, writers present the era of Post Colonialism with common motifs and themes like ‘identity’, ‘language’ and ‘racism’. Some remarkable works are Things Fall Apart, Midnight’s Children, Disgrace, The English Patient and many more. In my research paper, I will explore the work The Passage to India written by E.M Forster. The novel is a realistic document about the British rule in India. This paper aims to analyze A Passage to India as a postcolonial, anti-imperialistic text and will also emphasize upon the psychological barriers and prejudices projected in the novel.

Keywords:

Post Colonialism, Identity, Racism, Prejudice, Colonies, Domination.

Paper Details
Month3
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 3
Pages2682-2686