Children in Graham Greene’s "Borderlands"

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  • Title: Children in Graham Greene’s "Borderlands"
  • Author(s): Mabel Deane Khawaja
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Literary Humanities
  • Keywords: Identity, Diaspora, Miscegenation, Apartheid, Stereotypes, Oppression, Violence, Cold War
  • Volume: 11
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 2327-7912 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-8676 (Online)
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Khawaja, Mabel Deane . 2014. "Children in Graham Greene’s "Borderlands"." The International Journal of Literary Humanities 11 (3): 1-7. doi:10.18848/2327-7912/CGP/v11i03/43900.
  • Extent: 7 pages


Graham Greene is remembered as one of the greatest twentieth century British writers whose novels depict international settings beyond the borders of his homeland. Greene’s travels across the globe liberated his worldview to create borderland landscapes that capture historical contexts juxtaposing divergent perspectives burdened with moral dilemmas. His literary reputation combines politics, mystery, and religion with a camera-eye focused on the oppression of the individual. Among his crowds of characters are children trapped in conflicted spaces of political rivalries, social tensions, and racial divisions. Greene portrays children whose marginalized identities must cave in to pressures of migration, miscegenation, and social classification. Graham Greene’s biographies and novels illustrate how children pay a toll for power struggles in borderland situations when cross-cultural entanglements are glossed over to set the stage for suppressed identities and cultural stereotypes.