The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures / Edition 2

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The experience of colonization and the challenges of a post-colonial world have produced an explosion of new writing in English. This diverse and powerful body of literature has established a specific practice of post-colonial writing in cultures as various as India, Australia, the West Indies and Canada, and has challenged both the traditional canon and dominant ideas of literature and culture.

The Empire Writes Back was the first major theoretical account of a wide range of post-colonial texts and their relation to the larger issues of post-colonial culture, and remains one of the most significant works published in this field. The authors, three leading figures in post-colonial studies, open up debates about the interrelationships of post-colonial literatures, investigate the powerful forces acting on language in the post-colonial text, and show how these texts constitute a radical critique of Eurocentric notions of literature and language.

This book is brilliant not only for its incisive analysis, but for its accessibility for readers new to the field. Now with an additional chapter and an updated bibliography, The Empire Writes Back is essential for contemporary post-colonial studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415280204
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/2/2002
  • Series: New Accents Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,326,536
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Ashcroft teaches at the University of New South Wales, Australia, Gareth Griffiths at the University at Albany, USA and Helen Tiffin at the University of Queensland. All three have published widely in post-colonial studies, and together edited the ground-breaking Post-Colonial Studies Reader (1994) and wrote Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies (1998).

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Table of Contents

General editor's preface
Introduction 1
1 Cutting the ground: critical models of post-colonial literatures 14
National and regional models 15
Comparisons between two or more regions 17
The 'Black writing' model 19
Wider comparative models 22
Models of hybridity and syncreticity 32
2 Re-placing language: textual strategies in post-colonial writing 37
Abrogation and appropriation 37
Language and abrogation 40
A post-colonial linguistic theory: the Creole continuum 43
The metonymic function of language variance 50
Strategies of appropriation in post-colonial writing 58
3 Re-placing the text: the liberation of post-colonial writing 77
The imperial moment: control of the means of communication 78
Colonialism and silence: Lewis Nkosi's Mating Birds 82
Colonialism and 'authenticity': V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men 87
Abrogating 'authenticity': Michael Anthony's 'Sandra Street' 90
Radical Otherness and hybridity: Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage 96
Appropriating marginality: Janet Frame's The Edge of the Alphabet 102
Appropriating the frame of power: R. K. Narayan's The Vendor of Sweets 108
4 Theory at the crossroads: indigenous theory and post-colonial reading 115
Indian literary theories 116
African literary theories 122
The settler colonies 131
Caribbean theories 144
5 Re-placing theory: post-colonial writing and literary theory 153
Post-colonial literatures and postmodernism 153
Post-colonial reconstructions: literature, meaning, value 178
Post-colonialism as a reading strategy 186
6 Re-thinking the post-colonial: post-colonialism in the twenty first century 193
Who is post-colonial? 200
Theoretical issues 203
Post-colonial futures 209
Conclusion More English than English 220
Readers' Guide 223
Notes 238
Bibliography 246
Index 271
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