Situating Developmental Psychology within ‘Colonial Romanticism’ and ‘Postcolonial Realism’: A Study of Paul Scott’s The Birds of Paradise

Habib Subhan

VIT University, Vellore, India. Email:

Volume 8, Number 3, 2016 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v8n3.17

Received May 19, 2016; Revised July 29, 2016; Accepted July 30, 2016; Published August 18, 2016


This paper examines the colonial discourse in Paul Scott’s novel The Birds of Paradise from the perspective of developmental psychology. While doing so, it foregrounds the postcolonial notion of ‘self’ and ‘other’ through the fictional development of protagonist. Side by side, the paper also takes up the shifting position of the princely states during colonial India and the aftermath of decolonization on the rulers of these states. As a method, the development of the protagonist as a person from the childhood to his mature stage will be used to bring out the different facets of British colonialism and its effects on human psychology.

 Keywords: Developmental Psychology, Princely State, Colonial Romanticism, Postcolonial Realism, Colonial Discourse, Paul Scott

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