KARE DERGİ Karşılaştırmalı Edebiyat Dergisi Journal of Comparative Literature

STEPHENSON’S MAPPA MUNDI: NEW CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE BACKGROUND OF BRITISH COLONIALISM

Author: Behzad Ghaderi SOHI
Publication Date: July 2016
Issue Number: 2
Pages: 3-7
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ABSTRACT
This articles is a study of Shelagh Stephenson’s Mappa Mundi (2002), a play which explores the sediments of British Colonialism in the memories/maps of an old, dying ‘Brit’ who gradually wakes into a new consciousness as the agonizing, silenced memories of the past resurge in his mind in the form of confessions before a mixed audience comprised of two families: one from the former colonies and the
other from a ‘white’ British family whose members have agrred upon an inter-racial marriage. The article further analyses the quandaries latent in an emerging consciousness needed for multiculturalsim in the 21th century England.

 

Keywords: Stephenson, maps, colonialism, multiculturalism