How does "The Beach of Falesá" represent a "contact zone," as defined by the American Linguist Mary Louise Pratt, and what might these representations tell us about the realities of imperialism, trade, migration and settlement in colonial England during the nineteenth century?
The island of Falesá is represented as a "contact zone," in which both the narrator and his antagonist exploit the local people in the course of their quarrel, without even realizing that they are doing so. The violence against the islanders is all the more realistically depicted as a clash of cultures because it is subordinated to the struggle between the two Western traders.
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The Beach of Falesá
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