Exploding taxonomies, exhibiting textuality: J.G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur
Boccardi, M. (2009) Exploding taxonomies, exhibiting textuality: J.G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur. In: Patey, C. and Scuriatti, L., eds. (2009) The Exhibit in the Text: The Museological Practices of Literature. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 241-255. ISBN 9783039113774 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/15991
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The essay examines how collecting and textual accumulation provided the British Empire with a range of symbolic practices to extert indirect control over the colonised territory. The chapter centres on J.G. Farrell's satire of imperial ideology in his 1973 novel The Siege of Krishnapur, to argue that in a post-imperial context such practices acquire metafictional value.