Reference : The Civilized Pretence Caryl Phillips and A Distant Shore
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The Civilized Pretence Caryl Phillips and A Distant Shore
English
Gabrielle, Cindy mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Littérature anglaise moderne et littérature américaine >]
Mar-2012
Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life
Ledent, Bénédicte mailto
Tunca, Daria mailto
Rodopi
Cross/Cultures 146
978-90-420-3455-6
Amsterdam & New York
The Netherlands
[en] Caryl Phillips ; A Distant Shore ; Decency vs Savagery
[en] It is tempting to argue that, in A Distant Shore, Caryl Phillips entrusts a black gentleman with the mission to civilize uncouth English people. My contention, however, is to try and show the extent to which the text itself undermines the very idea that decency is a safeguard against savagery.
If immigration indeed reveals English people’s inner darkness, it is also the case that the mask of good manners worn by Solomon or Dorothy gradually falls apart. In the end, dignified behaviour, once defined by Dorothy as essential to the distinction between human beings and animals, is exposed as a mere civilized pretence.
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Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/70709

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