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Modern Subjects/Colonial Texts Fiction written under colonialism at the turn of the nineteenth century continues to be a highly contested area of intellectual enquiry Writers who put imperialism into focusRudyard Kipling, Rider Haggard, Joseph Conradare now also seen as important agents in creating and reinforcing notions of national culture and gender roles Much recent colonial discourse analysis, however, has neglected writers who were part of colonial communities in favour of metropolitan travelers and visitors Hugh Clifford s position as both colonial official and writer sets him apart from such contemporaries His career as colonial administrator in the Malaya and Straits Settlements spanned five decades, and his Malayan short stories, novels and sketches draw an elaborate series of parallels between the act of governing the colony and the discipline of writing a literary text What makes Holden s study especially interesting is his careful analysis not only of Clifford s unique role as administrator and writer, but his probing of Clifford s doubts about the colonial enterprise The central contradiction of colonialism pervades his fiction In its late nineteenth century guise colonialism promised improvement and the uplifting of subject peoples, yet it could not admit them to a position of social equality since at that moment the basis for colonialism would vanish Holden reveals how the experience as a colonial administrator made Clifford suspicious of the economic expediency which often underlies the rhetoric of mission and duty. Free Read [ Modern Subjects/Colonial Texts ] Author [ Philip Joseph Holden ] –