A POSTCOLONIAL READING OF UPTON SINCLAIR’S THE JUNGLE

Author's Name: Pouyan Rezapour, Dr. Alireza Anushiravani & Pouria Rezapour
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject English Literature and History
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Acculturation, Colonialism, Colonial Consciousness, Colonial Education, Cultural Displacement, Disillusion, Post colonialism.


Abstract

This study intends to analyze the extent to which the theory of post colonialism is pertinent to Upton Sinclair’s 1906 The Jungle. The novel set out to depict the harsh working conditions and the unsanitary conditions of food processing in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It was ensued by a wide range of readings from different critical theories, except for a full scale postcolonial reading. The present study aims to depict the lives of immigrants, in an imperialist capitalist society, trying to make ends meet in such a dog eat dog world. This feat is attainable only through the application of such key postcolonial concepts as acculturation, colonial consciousness, colonial education and disillusion to the novel.

Download Full Paper