Children in Graham Greene’s "Borderlands"

By Mabel Deane Khawaja.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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Graham Greene is remembered as one of the greatest twentieth century British writers whose novels depict international settings beyond the borders of his homeland. Greene’s travels across the globe liberated his worldview to create borderland landscapes that capture historical contexts juxtaposing divergent perspectives burdened with moral dilemmas. His literary reputation combines politics, mystery, and religion with a camera-eye focused on the oppression of the individual. Among his crowds of characters are children trapped in conflicted spaces of political rivalries, social tensions, and racial divisions. Greene portrays children whose marginalized identities must cave in to pressures of migration, miscegenation, and social classification. Graham Greene’s biographies and novels illustrate how children pay a toll for power struggles in borderland situations when cross-cultural entanglements are glossed over to set the stage for suppressed identities and cultural stereotypes.

Keywords: Identity, Diaspora, Miscegenation, Apartheid, Stereotypes, Oppression, Violence, Cold War

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 11, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 391.880KB)).

Dr. Mabel Deane Khawaja

Associate Professor, English Department, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, USA

Mabel Deane Khawaja, M.A., (WIU, USA), Ph.D. (WVU, USA), is an associate professor of English. She is a former International Programs Coordinator of the US Department of Defense and a former Fulbright Senior Scholar/Lecturer to Tunisia. She was a contributor and consultant to the USAID Text Books for a Global Society Program and her publications focus on transnational research. She is the editor of a peer reviewed journal, "Notes on American Literature", published by Assembly on American Literature of the National Council of Teachers of English. She has written several articles on Graham Greene and the title of her doctoral dissertation was "The Design of Irony in Graham Greene’s Novels".