Postcolonial Literature

Postcolonial Literature

by Justin Edwards, Nicolas Tredell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0230506747

ISBN-13: 9780230506749

Pub. Date: 09/16/2008

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

What is 'postcolonial literature' and what is its appeal? What is the purpose of writing literature about the aftermath of colonization and the independence of colonial nations? This Guide presents new access routes into the key questions and debates surrounding the genre and offers innovative ways of thinking critically about postcolonial literature. Justin D.

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What is 'postcolonial literature' and what is its appeal? What is the purpose of writing literature about the aftermath of colonization and the independence of colonial nations? This Guide presents new access routes into the key questions and debates surrounding the genre and offers innovative ways of thinking critically about postcolonial literature. Justin D. Edwards: analyses the criticism surrounding English-language literature from the major regions and countries of the postcolonial world, such as South Africa, Nigeria, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka, includes a discussion of native American writing and African American literature, as well as of Irish and Scottish liberationist texts, examines criticism on works by key writers, such as Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Jamaica Kincaid, explores the themes, concepts and theoretical approaches that are vital to an understanding of postcolonial literature and the development of criticism of the genre. Lucid and stimulating, this is an invaluable introduction to one of the most exciting, and fastest growing, fields in contemporary English literary studies.

About the Author:
Justin D. Edwards is Professor and Head of English at the University of Wales, Bangor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230506749
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Series:
Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     xii
Introduction     1
Outlines the Guide's structure and approach and provides key historical contexts
Postcoloniality     9
Difference     17
Language     28
Orality     40
Rewriting     51
Violence     62
Travel     74
Maps     85
Gender     96
Queer     107
Haunting     118
Memory     129
Hybridity     139
Diaspora     150
Globalization     160
Conclusion     171
Notes     173
Bibliography     186
Index     198

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