Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1874-8767
  • E-ISSN: 1874-8775
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The present article aims to provide a reading of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1989 Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day that focuses on the author’s ‘gentle transgression’ of three local myths become international commodities: the myths of the English butler, the English country house and Englishness itself. It also examines how, in the process, the butler’s identity becomes an increasingly heterogeneous one, a “transindividuality” (Bessière 2010) potentially representative of a sedentary or “rooted” (Appiah 1997) form of critical cosmopolitanism. Ishiguro thus responds to the challenges of globalization, suggesting that a constantly questioned to-and-fro movement between the local and the global, each in turn enriching the other, might prevent the much-feared homogenization of cultures.


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