Telegraph Arts Empire? What empire?:When the late Edward Said put forward his theory that the English novel was essentially the expression of an imperialist culture, his supporters were quite untroubled by the fact that there was scarcely a single major novel between Defoe and Kipling that had a contemporary colonial setting. The failure to mention the Empire was itself, according to Said, an act of imperialist 'marginalising.
The Absent Minded Imperialists reviewed in the Telegraph.
Its a great point.