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The Stepmother Tongue: An Introduction to New Anglophone Fiction

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There are numerous 20th century writers who are not technically native speakers of the language, and whose relation to it is ambivalent, problematic or even hostile: by a simple kinship analogy one may often speak of the "stepmother tongue." While fully aware of the current debates in post-colonial theory, John Skinner is also conscious of its sometimes unhelpful complexities and contradictions. The focus of this study is thus firmly on the fictional practice of the writers discussed. The Stepmother Tongue offers...
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Overview

There are numerous 20th century writers who are not technically native speakers of the language, and whose relation to it is ambivalent, problematic or even hostile: by a simple kinship analogy one may often speak of the "stepmother tongue." While fully aware of the current debates in post-colonial theory, John Skinner is also conscious of its sometimes unhelpful complexities and contradictions. The focus of this study is thus firmly on the fictional practice of the writers discussed. The Stepmother Tongue offers the reader both an insight into the diversity and rewards of contemporary anglophone fiction and analyses of some eighty individual texts.
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Examines the work of 20th-century writers in English who are not technically native speakers of it and whose relationship to it is ambivalent, problematic, or even hostile. Steering clear of what he sees as unhelpful complexities and contradictions in post-colonial theory, Skinner highlights the diversity and rewards of contemporary anglophone fiction, and analyzes some 80 individual texts from throughout the world. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312211776
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

John Skinner is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Turku, Finland.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I New Literatures in Old Worlds 29
1 Asia 31
2 Africa 77
3 The South Pacific 119
Pt. II New Literatures in New Worlds 131
4 Afro-America 133
5 The Caribbean 160
Pt. III Old Literatures in New Worlds 197
6 Australia and New Zealand 211
7 South Africa and Canada 239
Pt. IV Old Literatures in Old Worlds 269
8 The British Isles 276
9 North America 294
Extroduction 308
Afterword 332
Works Discussed 339
Author Index 313
General Index 350
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