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Chapter 3: Controlling the Ganymedes: The Colonial Gaze in J. R. Ackerley's Hindoo Holiday
The tradition of the colonial travel journal, by the early twentieth century, was well-institutionalised as a genre; travel journals produced, for the European, the world ‘out there’. British writers such as Richard Burton in the nineteenth century, and T. E. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and J. R. Ackerley in the twentieth century, engaged in the production of the Orient, speaking on its behalf, purporting to represent its people and culture. However, as Edward Said explains, such production relies upon a:
flexible positional superiority, which puts the Westerner in a whole series of possible relationships with the Orient without ever losing him the relative ...