This thesis explores the significance of cannibalism and its appearance as a literary motif with the rise of empire and its presence and transformation in more recent literary works. In colonial literature the idea of cannibalism often arises to describe the behaviors and rituals of native tribes and peoples. But most importantly it is employed by writers to describe the colonial settler's biggest fear of that native 'other' and his main difference from the conception of a civilized self, as suggest by such canonical works as Shakespeare's The Tempest and Danniel Dofoe's Robinson Crusoe.


English & Comparative Literature Department

Degree Name

MA in English & Comparative Literature

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

David Sweet

Committee Member 1

William Melaney

Committee Member 2

Ferial Ghazoul

Document Type



76 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Cannibalism in literature.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 3

Sạ̄lih,̣ al-Tạyyib.;Forster, E. M.


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Call Number

Thesis 2005/28