The Dislocation of Identity: An Analysis of Johnson’s Identity in Cary’s Mister Johnson

Haifa Ahmed Al-Mufarih


This study analyzes the dislocation of cultural identity as a result of the hegemony of the European-imposed cultural identity. It demonstrates the destruction and loss of African cultural identity through the character of Johnson in Joyce Cary’s Mister Johnson. I believe that the study makes a significant contribution to literature because it highlights the effects of colonialism in Africa especially on identities. The analysis proves how identities were altered because of colonialism. It is an evaluation of the ambivalent attitudes and variations in the light of ambivalence along with quoting many examples that show this theme clearly.


Identity, Dislocation, Colonialism, Ambivalence, Duality

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