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Updated Up To 23/01/2018
Volume 1, Number 2 (June 2003) : 111-23
Cwmrhydyceirw and the Art of Resistant Otherness
The Everyday Spaces and Consumer Practices of Jim Dixon in Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim
Casey Clabough
Rubric A: Literature and the Ideas of Space
Rubric B: The English Novel


Jim Dixon, the protagonist of Kingsley Amisís Lucky Jim, is a historical type associated with the post-World War II agenda of broadening the class basis of the British education system. Yet this character also generates meaning through the prism of Michel de Certeauís The Practice of Everyday Life. De Certeau points out that the resistant relationship between individuals and systems of power in their societies often can be glimpsed through the private individualsí consumer practices and the spaces in which these practices occur. Jim Dixon lives in---and resists---the hegemonic structure of the University at which he is employed yet where he is made to feel that he does not belong to the various spaces he occupies. He functions as a figure of resistant aliened otherness in the spaces and temporal zones that the book has constructed for him. The novel explores the avenues through which Jim subverts authority, ultimately inviting the reader to resist as well.

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