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Reading the Tulsa V S Naipaul Archive

Mishra, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-0193-9736 (2021) Reading the Tulsa V S Naipaul Archive. Media International Australia, 180 (1). pp. 32-39.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X211010778
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Abstract

In 1993, the University of Tulsa purchased the V S Naipaul papers and installed the V S Naipaul Archive, principally a paper archive, a year later. In this essay, which is also a homage to the late Professor Tom O’Regan, I examine the value of archives, a scholar’s use of them and the ‘Freudian impressions’ or latent texts embedded in in them. Although once established an archive can acquire mystical power, in reading it, one has to be conscious of processes of selection and redaction built into the archive. One ‘Freudian impression’ that requires attending to is the role of Naipaul’s first wife Patricia Naipaul in the growth of the writer’s craft. The archival evidence suggests that his best works were written while she was alive.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Asia Research Centre
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © 2021 by Media International Australia Editorial Board
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/61685
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