Applying Post-Colonial Literary Theory

Before the multimedia aspect of this blog, I would like to mention a brief summary of my novel “The Professor and The Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary” written by Simon Winchester.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are two protagonists, and each individual has their own plot line. The first character I was introduced to was Dr. W. C. Minor an American whose family often traveled, Minor himself was later sent to live with his extended family in the United Kingdom. At a young age, he was very well-educated in multiple subjects and happened to be proficient in writing and speaking several languages. When he grew to be a bit older he joined the military as a surgeon, over time he saw many things and performed acts he was not comfortable with; due to the emotionally straining field, Dr.Minor was in, he eventually found himself having night terrors. Thus he was in and out of an asylum until his night terrors caused him to kill an innocent man. Dr. Minor then spent the rest of his life in an insane asylum, until he received a calling to help with the Oxford English Dictionary.

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The second protagonist in this novel is none other than Dr. James Murray. He was also proficient in several languages and he taught himself many of the subjects we learn in school; sadly his family could not afford higher education for the young man but he did fine all on his own. As he grew up his intelligence began to be recognized and in no time was James Murray apart of the Philological Society (among those who extremely appreciate literature). After a long period of time, standing by seeing many failed attempts to make a dictionary, the Philological Society decided to begin the best one yet; The Oxford English Dictionary. Murray eventually became head of the project and his life was devoted to what he loved. He sent out many slips of requests for volunteers to help with the dictionary and that is just how our two protagonists came to meet. Sadly Murray did not live to see the completed project but he was none the less important to it all

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Postcolonial Literary Theory

Works Cited


“BibleGateway.” Genesis 1:27 – – Bible Gateway. New International Version, n.d. Web. 21 July 2017.

Smith, Kelly.”Historical Brief-Lives of Women in the Early 1800s.” Lives of Women in the Early 1800s. N.p., Dec. 2002. Web. 21 July 2017.

Winchester, Simon. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. New York: Harper Perennial, 2016. Print.