By Robert Hampson
This ebook specializes in Conrad's Malay fiction and how during which it bargains with cross-cultural encoutners, cultural id and cultural dislocation. problems with race and gender are to the fore. there are various books which take care of Conrad and Empire, yet Robert Hampson's publication carves its personal area of interest through taking the arguments of others additional.
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45 He also presents himself, as Brooke was to do later, as the potential liberator of the Dayak/Kayan peoples of the interior of Borneo.
34 Through an analysis of the neglected hikayat, he has uncovered an understanding of political experience ‘radically different’ to that of European colonisers. The Dutch-British evidence acknowledges the central ceremonial role of the ruler but without understanding the implications: Political life could be subsumed under one term: men considered themselves to be living not in states or under governments, but in a Kerajaan, in the ‘condition of having a raja’. 35 In Kerajaan polity, royal subjects ‘understand what we might call their identity and purpose’ in terms of rajaship: the subjects’ ‘being’ was defined in terms of official titles and status, and official titles had significance not only for this world but also for the after-life (IPCM24).
28 In his novel Scorpion Orchid, Lloyd Fernando makes fictional play with precisely this problem. Chapter 15 begins with the story of the Eastern Queen sent by the Royal Society on a voyage of exploration in the Pacific. 29 This evocation of a European textual tradition is the first hint of the historical fabrication, the historical metafiction, that the chapter produces. As the chapter proceeds, Fernando presents competing narratives of the British takeover. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 36 Joseph Conrad’s Malay Fiction adviser’ (SO, 146).