Babes in the Sand and Flying Predators: Touristic Corruption, Exoticism and Neocolonialism in Chandani Lokugé’s Turtle Nest

Alexandra Elizabeth Watkins


In Chandani Lokugé’s Turtle Nest the Sri Lankan beach is a savage environment, a dystopia, where local children are molested by Western paedophile tourists. This essay examines representations of child vulnerability, exoticism, neocolonialism and envy in the novel. It reads these issues in the context of postcolonial tourism in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. It establishes connections between the commodification of children in Lokugé’s story and the real-world progress of exoticist tourism.


exoticism, postcolonial, neocolonial, tourism, Asian-Australian writing, Sri Lanka.

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