International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 2(10), pp. 227-229, October, 2014

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.064


A Critical Study on Ethno-Cultural Denigration and Aimless Quest for Personal Identity in John Ralston Saul's Characterization


Motaleb Azari


Department of Studies in English, Payame Noor University of Chenaran, Iran.

 E-mail: motaleb1stmarch@yahoo.com


Accepted 5 October 2014


Award-winning novelist, essayist, historian and cultural philosopher, John Ralston Saul has earned substantial recognition as the author of densely plotted novels of contemporary socio-political and moral intrigue and sometimes of black comedy. Most of his characters are engaged in an endless search of their lost personal and cultural identities in “the endless valleys of human society”. In fact, a realistic sense of ethno-cultural denigration is central to all his novels, mainly set in Asian countries. Presenting a close reading of selected novels by John Ralston Saul, the present paper tries to investigate the art of characterization in Saul’s writing and clarify how the mind of each character is pre-occupied with cultural hegemonies as the main force in his / her loss of personal identity.

Keywords: Ethnicity; Cultural denigration; Personal identity; Cultural identity



Cite This Article As: Azari M (2014). A Critical Study on Ethno-Cultural Denigration and Aimless Quest for Personal Identity in John Ralston Saul's Characterization. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 2(10): 227-229




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