Philip Joseph Holden: Orienting Masculinity Orienting Nation W Somerset Maugham's Exotic Fiction Contributions to the Study of World Literature



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Of control of language Further Holden illuminates the fluidity of language that Maugham in contrast to his public persona associated with homosexuality The basis of this study is the provocative notion that Maugham's texts despite their exotic locations ultimately dramatize a struggle over masculine British identity.

Ultural theory Holden argues that Maugham's work can be understood as an attempt to negotiate between two alternative masculine identities those of private homosexual and public writer Holden identifies Maugham's attempts to cultivate a public persona as a writer whose heterosexuality is confirmed through a process.

Although their settings span a wide eographical area from the South Pacific to India Maugham's exotic short stories novels and travelogues all ultimately focus on the creation of a masculine British identity In this first book to address Maugham's fiction in light of recent developments in postcolonial ender and

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Philip Holden was born in Boston in 1962 He grew up in the United Kingdom and has lived and studied in London the United States China Canada and Taiwan In 1994 he moved to Singapore and he currently teaches literary studies at the National University of SingaporeHe is the author of several books of literary criticism and history focusing on autobiography and Singaporean and Southeast As