By Alberto Fernández Carbajal

Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing bargains a brand new serious method of E. M. Forster's legacy. It examines key issues in Forster's paintings (homosexuality, humanism, modernism, liberalism) and their relevance to post-imperial and postcolonial novels by way of very important modern writers.

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If deemed postcolonial because of their Indian birth, their literary projects reject a single or unified relationship with the postcolonial Introduction: Liberal, Humanist, Modernist, Queer? 27 nation and therefore also a single way of ‘being’ postcolonial: whereas Desai attempts to distil the nation with psychologically acute prescience, Rushdie does his best to destroy any sense of identity and complicates identification with the nation; yet their fiction is, in their different ways, distinctly postcolonial because of its interrogation of the national projects born out of the end of Empire.

Lady Chatterjee’s slight to liberalism seems to be addressed to the ideology she has ‘grown’ to understand, namely nineteenth-century liberalism, the ideological informant of Victorian imperialism, rather than to the dissenting liberal ethic in which Forster’s and Scott’s narratives are more invested and which Miss Crane belatedly embraces. Miss Crane’s coldness towards her Indian colleague Mr Chaudhuri lasts until he sacrifices himself trying to save her from a crowd of insurgent Indians.

In Specters of Marx, Jacques Derrida entreats us to consider that [t]he time of the ‘learning to live,’ a time without tutelary present, would amount to this […]: to learn to live with ghosts, in the upkeep, the conversation, the company, or the companionship, in the commerce without commerce of ghosts. To live otherwise, and better. […] And this being-with specters would also be, not only but also, a politics of memory, of inheritance, and of generations. (1994, pp. xviii–xix) Derrida underlines the importance that the ‘ghosts’ of the past have in the formulation of the present: spectral inheritance becomes apparent through internalized indebtedness, which is granted materiality wittingly or unwittingly.

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