Geography in The Remains of the Day

Erica Dillon (English 27, Postcolonial Studies, Brown University, 1997)

Stevens characteristically places great importance on English landscape:

I would say that it is the very lack of obvious drama or spectacle that sets the beauty of our land apart. What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, the sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, of its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it. In comparison, the sorts of sights offered in such places as Africa and America, though undoubtedly very exciting, would, I am sure, strike the objective viewer as inferior on account of their unseemly demonstrativeness." (The Remains of the Day, 28-29)

How does Kazuo Ishiguro's use of geography, from the structure of the novel's parts (Darlington Hall, Salisbury, Mortimer's Pond, Dorset, Taunton, Somerset, Moscombe, near Tavistock, Devon, and Little Compton, Cornwall) to the implicit invocation of the Suez Canal, intertwine with representations of national identity, class division, morality, human sociability, etc. as mediated by Stevens?

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