AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 4, Number1. February  2020                      Pp.141-147

Examining Colonial Ideology in Anthony Burgess’s novel Bed in the East

Mohammad Abdullah Al Matarneh

English Language and Literature Department
Arts Faculty
Tafila Technical University, Jordan


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This paper tackles the impact of colonization on the Malay colonized society pre-independence period. It exposes British colonialism, a totalizing ideology of control, and the negative representation strategy accomplished by the colonial writer Anthony Burgess’s Novel Beds in the East (1959). This novel was published along with two other stories as a single narrative text entitled The Malayan trilogy (1972). This study aims at examining Malay discourses concerning colonial rule and how European writings (Anthony Burgess) on the Malays could be read in a more nuanced approach and from a non-Eurocentric perspective. The examined text reinforced the differences between the rulers and ruled people to perpetuate the colonial ideology of colonialism and pave the way for the presence of colonial authority. This article concludes that the representation of Malaysia(ns) is set in the colonial texts in which colonialism didn’t only play a vital role in post-colonial literature, but it was behind its existence.

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Al Matarneh, M. A. (2020). Examining Colonial Ideology in Anthony Burgess’s novel Bed in the East. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 4 (1) 141-147.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol4no1.11


Dr. Mohammad Al Matarneh is Associate Prof. in the Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts, Tafilah Technical University. He served as a Deputy dean, Head of English Department, Director of Translation and Writing Unit and many other Academic positions. His research interests: colonial and postcolonial, modern and postmodern studies. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7700-7441