Timothy Mo’s An Insular Possession: The Fictionalization of History

An Insular Possession, by Hong Kong-born British novelist Timothy Mo, is the first of a series of novels that question Western attempts to impose a colonial frame of mind across Asia. Characteristically unconventional, Mo employs two genres seemingly opposed to play with a readership that is convinc...

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Main Author: Acón Chan, Lai Sai
Format: Artículo
Language: Inglés
Published: Escuela de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Costa Rica 2013
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Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/rlm/article/view/12337
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/23753
Summary: An Insular Possession, by Hong Kong-born British novelist Timothy Mo, is the first of a series of novels that question Western attempts to impose a colonial frame of mind across Asia. Characteristically unconventional, Mo employs two genres seemingly opposed to play with a readership that is convinced that his novel is but a historiographical account. His artful mix of formal, rhetorical and semantic devices contrive to create such illusion while challenging Western imperialist rhetorics.