The Presentation of the Colonized Land in: A Passage to India and Twilight in Delhi

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M. Tufail Chandio
Saima Jafri
Noor Afroz Khuwaja

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The comparative research study has been carried out from the postcolonial literary discourse perspective to ascertain that how the colonized land of Indian subcontinent had been presented in the novels: A Passage to India (1924) and Twilight in Delhi (1940), the former is written by E. M. Forster, who belongs to the race of the colonizers and the latter is written by Ahmed Ali, an Indian novelist belonging to the colonized land. The researcher has applied qualitative paradigm and close-textual comparative analysis to draw the conclusion. The data collected from the text of both of the novels were descriptive in nature therefore the qualitative tools like definition, explanation, comparative analysis and evaluation were employed to produce deductive inferences from the vantage point of postcolonial literary discourse along with Eurocentric historical construct. The paper plumbs the depth of social, political, historical conditions of the colonized land of Indian subcontinent presented in both of the novels. The study has two-fold purposes: it does not dichotomize but reflects the point of the views of the writers to what extent they remained objective and realistic in the presentation of the land, where the subjectivity was inevitable for both writers belonging to the colonizers and the colonized.

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