The intersection between two others, the East and the West in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India

Şenduran, Elif, Derya
This dissertation reconsiders the intersection between the East and the West against the background of the Lacanian O/other to explore the inside/outside intricacy between the Anglo-Indians and the Indians in E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India. The moebius band trajectory is prevalent in both the narrative structure of the novel and the reversal of the characters’ relation to the external reality that generates rupture because of traumata. This eradicates intersubjectivity between the characters who lack a shared Other. Thus, the thesis also consults Bhabha’s notion of mimicry and the Saidian Other to provide a wider contextual background for the analysis. The Western binary patterns such as the coloniser/colonised, rational/irrational are incompatible with the plurality of the Indian culture and their standards of living. The dissertation claims that the ambivalence is on the side of the Anglo-Indians. Adela, and Mrs Moore experience this ambivalence resulting from the unknowability of the phenomena in A Passage to India. Their images are reversed respectively. The non-linearity and one-sidedness of the mobean structure mirror the non-linear intersubjectivity among the characters in Chandrapore. The band’s figure also emerges in the imperialistic practices of the Anglo-Indians’ discrediting the truth against the colonised and the experience of the traumatic real. Aziz’s poetry metamorphoses as his sinthome, adding coherence to his life wishing independence for the Indian women and his country. The East and the West are never mirror images of one another and they do not constitute the Lacanian O/other for each other in the novel.
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E. Şenduran, “The intersection between two others, the East and the West in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2020.