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British and African Literature in Transnational
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Simon Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036021

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036021.001.0001

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The Silence of the Askaris

The Silence of the Askaris

William Boyd's An Ice-Cream War and the European History of the First World War in East Africa

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British and African Literature in Transnational Context

Simon Lewis

University Press of Florida

The chapter compares and contrasts Gurnah's Paradise and William Boyd's An Ice-Cream War. In the process, and throughout this section, it becomes clear that even well-meaning British writers about Africa cannot fully free themselves from the confines of colonial discourse. Although many of Boyd's works satirize British governing class attitudes this one particular novel An Ice-Cream War reproduces closely related features familiar from colonial discourse. The main concern of the novel is with the European history of East Africa. However, Gurnah's writings are clearly in contrast with those of Boyd.

Keywords:   Gurnah, Paradise, William Boyd, An Ice-Cream War, British writers, colonial discourse, Africa, governing class, colonial discourse, East Africa

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