The Postcolonial Novel

Overview

  • A concise introduction to a core and popular area of literary studies.
  • Provides extended case studies which survey and summarise key critical debates and as such are invaluable for teaching.
  • Places the emphasis on the text first and theory second, thus providing a unique and much needed approach to postcolonial literature, which in the past has been maligned for being theory...
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Overview

  • A concise introduction to a core and popular area of literary studies.
  • Provides extended case studies which survey and summarise key critical debates and as such are invaluable for teaching.
  • Places the emphasis on the text first and theory second, thus providing a unique and much needed approach to postcolonial literature, which in the past has been maligned for being theory driven.
  • Takes an historical approach, thus covering a good range of texts that have generated lots of critical discussion and evaluative materials.
  • Written clearly for an undergraduate reader, with introductory overviews at the start of each chapter.
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"A highly useful text for students of postcolonial literature."
Modern Philology

“An accessible introduction for students ... thought-provoking discussions of some interesting works.”
Helen Hayward, Times Literary Supplement

"This is a learned, lucid and innovative book by one of the leading scholars in the field. At once a very useful resource for students and also a major contribution to scholarly thinking, it offers a refreshing new perspective on key postcolonial novels in English and the theoretical debates these texts have sparked. Lane’s rare talent for explaining complex theoretical concepts while preserving the inherent difficulty of these ideas is fully engaged here.

The Postcolonial Novel is the best study of its kind to date in postcolonial studies."
Deborah L. Madsen, University of Geneva

"In The Postcolonial Novel, Richard J. Lane offers his readers wonderfully open and fresh readings of some of the most important works in the canon such as Palace of the Peacock, Things Fall Apart, Foe and Surfacing. With these readings he brings his theoretical expertise to bear in subterranean ways that illuminate the texts while foregrounding the pleasures and intricacies of their stories. Readers less experienced in postcolonial theory than Lane is will have no difficulty following his approach and they will, as I have, come away from this book convinced that, in large part, postcolonial theorists like Spivak, Bhabha, Said, Foucault and Genette developed their ideas in tandem with the creative writers or, indeed, in response to these novels."
Sherrill Grace, University of British Columbia

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Meet the Author

Richard Lane, Malaspina University-College

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Table of Contents

1 Introducing the postcolonial novel in English : Wilson Harris's Palace of the Peacock 1
2 The counter-canonical novel : J. M. Coerzee's Foe and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea 18
3 Alternative historiographies : Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart 32
4 National consciousness : Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat 47
5 Interrogating subjectivity : Bessie Head's A Question of Power 59
6 Recoding narrative : Margaret Atwood's Surfacing 71
7 The Rushdie affair : Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses 83
8 The optical unconscious : Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things 97
Conclusion : ending with Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Phyllis Greenwood's An Interrupted Panorama 109
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