Resisting in new crobuzon: recolonizing spaces in a failing empire

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to analyze China Mieville's Perdido Street Station in a postcolonial approach. The article will focus on the city of New Crobuzon as the heart of an empire, analyzing how a decadent image of the city is conveyed through impressions given by various characters. The first section will be dedicated to a geographic analysis of New Crobuzon, in order to understand how the city's layout is significant in accentuating the difference between the colonizer and the colonized. The second section will consist of an analysis of the different species inhabiting the city. This will contribute to a deeper insight on the relation between Self and Other, and how it reveals traces of colonial ambivalence. This section will analyze the human species, which constitutes most of the population of New Crobuzon, as the Self, which goes against various Others, represented by the other species. This article aims at finding how space has a fundamental role in shaping certain places of resistance for the Other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-97
Number of pages18
JournalOP CIT-REVISTA DE ESTUDOS ANGLO-AMERICANOS-A JOURNAL OF ANGLO-AMERICAN STUDIES
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • China Mieville
  • New Crobuzon
  • postcolonialism
  • resistance
  • ambivalence
  • geography

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