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Orienting Masculinity, Orienting Nation
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Introduction Envisioning the Primitive: The Moon and Sixpence The Trembling of a Leaf and the Closet of Nostalgia The Flaneur Abroad: On A Chinese Screen The Empty Sign of The Painted Veil Transgression and Containment: The Malayan Short Stories The Narrow Corner: Intoxication, Homoeroticism, and the Writing Cure Transcending Sexuality: India and The Razor's Edge Conclusion Bibliography Index

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This is the first book to study Maugham in light of recent developments in postcolonial, gender, and cultural theory; arguing that Maugham's work can be understood as an attempt to negotiate between two alternative masculine identities: those of private homosexual and public writer.

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PHILIP HOLDEN is a Lecturer at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Born in England, he has studied and taught in Europe, North America, and East Asia.

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"Holden offers a critical analysis of Maugham's South Seas and oriental fiction and of one additional novel, The Razor's Edge.... Because of its critical methodology, the book may interest advanced scholars in gay and lesbian studies."-Choice
?Holden offers a critical analysis of Maugham's South Seas and oriental fiction and of one additional novel, The Razor's Edge.... Because of its critical methodology, the book may interest advanced scholars in gay and lesbian studies.?-Choice
"The work makes a genuine contribution to our understanding of the works of Somerset Maugham and to gender studies in general."-Dennis Porter, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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