J. G. Farrell's 'Empire Triology' ('Troubles', 'The Siege of Krishnapur','The Singapore Grip')was one of the major achievements of postwar fiction and this new and accessible study excitingly explores its substance and significance and assesses its damning and influential critique of British colonial rule. Rather than position him at the end of a tradition of nostalgic Empire writing McLeod shows how Farrell's novels satirize the perspectives of those who served the Empire and were caught up in its decline. McLeod also explores his early fiction, his unfinished posthumous novel and accounts for his changing critical legacy since his premature death in 1979, aged 44. CONTENTS Acknowledgements Biographical Outline List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction: 'fanciful tales' 2. The Early Novels 3. Ireland, 1919-1921 4. India, 1857 & 1871 5. Singapore 6. Critical Legacy Notes Bibliography Index AUTHOR: John McLeodis Reader in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures, University of Leeds.
John McLeod is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester University Press, 2000), Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis (Routledge, 2004), and co-editor (with David Rogers) of The Revision of Englishness (Manchester University Press, 2004). He is a member of the editorial boards of Moving Worlds and the Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and has published essays in Kunapipi, Wasafiri and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.