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Title: Imagined and imaginary whales: Benedict Anderson, Salman Rushdie and George Orwell
Authors: Hubble, N
Keywords: Class;Literature;Nationalism;Patriotism;Tropical Gothic
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 40(1): 29-41
Abstract: George Orwell, anticipating many of the arguments made by Benedict Anderson in the “Patriotism and Racism” chapter of Imagined Communities, illuminated patriotism and nationalism as shifting aspects of a wider dialectical interplay between an identification with imagined communities and a loyalty to humanity. Orwell's essay “Inside the Whale” can be seen, contrary to Salman Rushdie's criticism that it advocates quietism, as an essay about imaginary homelands. In this reading the whale is a metaphor for a dialectical space created by a writer in order to gain purchase on the unceasing dialectic of history. Analysis of The Lion and the Unicorn in this article links Orwell's work with that of Anderson and Rushdie by exploring in his vision of a classless England the relationship between the personal imaginary homeland and the political imagined community.
ISSN: 1744-9855
Appears in Collections:English and Creative Writing
Dept of Arts and Humanities Research Papers

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