Scholarship and integrity: Matthew Arnold’s “The Scholar-Gipsy” and Anita Desai’s “Scholar and Gypsy”

Cook, Peter (2009) Scholarship and integrity: Matthew Arnold’s “The Scholar-Gipsy” and Anita Desai’s “Scholar and Gypsy”. Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics. ISSN 1110-8673

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Abstract

This article presents a comparative study of Matthew Arnold's 1854 poem "The Scholar-Gipsy" and Anita Desai's 1978 story "Scholm" and Gypsy". Arnold's poem contrasts the single-minded integrity of his central character's search lot redemption through the power of Romany culture, with the compromises and pressures that beset "modern" Western scholars, while Desai uses her readers' knowledge of Arnold's poem to reveal the shortcomings of Occidental scholarly and cultural aspirations, and the shallowness of her Western protagonists' understanding of modern India. Though from different centuries and different continents, both works embody passionate pleas for scholarly integrity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Cook, P., 2009. Scholarship and integrity: Matthew Arnold’s “The Scholar-Gipsy” and Anita Desai’s “Scholar and Gypsy”. Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, No. 29, pp.1-20..
Faculty: Faculty of Education (for research published prior to September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2011 15:20
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:49
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/128690

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