AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number2.  May  2022                              Pp. 26-42
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no2.2

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The Remains of Empires in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of The Day 

Dawla Saeed Alamri
Department of English,
College of Languages and Translation, University of Jeddah
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Email: dalamri@uj.edu.sa

  

Received: 12/29/2021                Accepted:3/21/2022                  Published: 5/24/2022

 

 Abstract:
This paper aims to explore how Kazuo Ishiguro has found a position of enunciation away from the conflicting sentiments of otherness between the deeply rooted traditions of both Japan and England. With a particular focus on Ishiguro’s third novel, The Remains of the Day (1989), the paper highlights the shift of the scene from Japan in his first two novels, A Pale View of Hills and An Artist of the Floating World to a purely English setting in The Remains of the Day. Drawing on the postcolonial theoretical framework, the study examines Ishiguro’s literary production grapples with universal themes. It offers ways to question the ‘national greatness’ of both empires as represented through Japanese and British voices while narrating their personal histories and traumas. The main contribution of this study lies in extending arguments on the postcolonial engagement of Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, by focusing on his demythologization of both Eastern and Western Empires. The paper concludes that Ishiguro’s ‘fictional’ metamorphosis serves to subvert imperial landscapes, and convert them into mythical metaphors to approach universal themes and worlds, while simultaneously finding his own voice and territory.
Keywords: a pale view of hills, an artist of the floating world, contemporary British fiction, Kazuo Ishiguro, postcolonial theory, the remains of the day 

Cite as: Alamri, D. S. (2022). The Remains of Empires in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of The Day. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6 (2) 26-42.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no2.2

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Received: 12/29/2021
Accepted: 3/21/2022 
Published: 5/24/2022
http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no2.2

Dr. Dawla Saeed Alamri

Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  She is a member in the Department of English, College of Languages and Translation, University Of Jeddah, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Her research interests are in Feminism, Postmodern Literature, Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, and Shakespeare.
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