The Hamilton Case: Colonialism and Diasporic Identities

Qian Wang


As the term diaspora can also be used to think through the intrusion of the colonialism, Michelle de Kretser’s The Hamilton Case is divided into three parts due to the characters’ attitudes towards the West. Sam’s positive reflection on colonialism is revealed in his hope to move to the West and struggle to embrace his dream of western metropolis by complying with the British criteria. Jaya’s resistant stance motivates him to initiate the country’s political independence and ethnic strife to combat colonialism. Shiva resists colonialism in Sri Lanka, but he caters to the taste of local readers by making use of exoticism after his migration to the West.

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