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The Member of ‘Quality’ and the ‘Other’: Colonial Fallacy and Othering in James G. Farrell’s Troubles

Prashant Maurya and Nagendra Kumar

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 28, Issue 3, September 2020

Keywords: Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, Catholics, Ireland, J. G. Farrell, othering, Protestants

Published on: 25 September 2020

The present article examines the longstanding strife between the Irish Catholics and Anglo- Irish Protestants through James Gordon Farrell’s historical novel, Troubles (1970). By focusing on the character of Edward; a representative of Anglo-Irish Ascendancy in the novel, this study argues that the representation of the native Irish Catholics suffers from “othering”. The study relies on the concepts formulated and explicated by postcolonial critics like Fanon, Said and Spivak in their critical works as its theoretical premise. The article first traces the epistemological creation of the native Catholic Irish as the “other” by the British and secondly; it investigates its role in grooming Edward’s ideology of othering the natives. Further, the paper argues that Edward’s position regarding the “other” is not sudden; instead, it is an outcome of the long tradition of the British colonial fallacy about the native Gaelic-Irish.

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