Interrogating the Imperial Conscience: Waugh and Greene’s Anti-Colonial Dispositions

Authors

  • Edward Utonayugho Department of English, Faculty of Arts, The University of Bamenda
  • TENNU MBUH MBUH Department of English, Faculty of Arts, The University of Bamenda

Keywords:

Anti-Colonial, Civilisation, Colonialism Greene, Imperialism, Interrogating, Waugh.

Abstract

Western imperialism emerges as one of the central discourses within the broad thematic designs of Evelyn Waugh’s Black Mischief and Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter. This paper reviews the colonial contexts of the two novels, by interrogating the representations of Western imperialism, its ethical ramifications on the one hand, and the predicament of the African people and their cultures subjugated by imperialism, on the other hand. From the increasingly secular condition of the English society, which Waugh and Greene associate with decay and disintegration resulting from the non-adherence to the dogmatic nooses of civilisation, it could be discerned that Waugh and Greene are hesitant to subscribe to the furtherance of Western imperialist agenda. Though important differences characterise their thinking as novelists, there is a significant affiliation in their points of view with regard to imperialism. In other words, there is perceptible evidence that both novelists consider Western Civilisation as much barbaric as the African context to which all imaginable transgressions are ascribed. Theoretically, the essay exploits aspects of New Historicism, the Psychoanalytic Criticism and the Postcolonial Theory in its analysis in order to avoid the vested theoretical approach that spurred imperialism. It concludes that even in the height of modernism, Waugh and Greene saw something positive in the primitive culture. They do not really affirm the metropolis as the source of universal and plausible values to which every other place should aspire. It is in this regard that their anti-colonial dispositions find expression in the novels studied here.

Published

30-12-2022

How to Cite

Utonayugho, E. . ., & MBUH, T. M. (2022). Interrogating the Imperial Conscience: Waugh and Greene’s Anti-Colonial Dispositions. JOURNAL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES, 6(1), 1–24. Retrieved from http://fajournaluba.com/index.php/jah/article/view/99