The Postcolonial Country in Contemporary Literature

The Postcolonial Country in Contemporary Literature

by L. Loh


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The Postcolonial Country in Contemporary Literature by L. Loh

By situating a range of contemporary literary texts against the backdrop of the legacies of a vast rural network of empire, this book collectively critiques not only the rural heritage industry of the 1980s in Britain but also the effect of neocolonial globalisation on postcolonial rural spaces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230298903
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/29/2013
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Lucienne Loh is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brunel University and Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published a number of articles on postcolonial literature and theory as well as on contemporary British literature. She helped to establish the Postcolonial Studies Association in 2008 and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction: Foreign Fields that are Forever England 1

Part I Legacies of Empire in the English Countryside

1 The Politics of Postimperial Melancholia and Rural Heritage in the 1980s: W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn 31

2 Rural Routes of Empire, Colonial Nostalgia and the Thatcher Years: V.S. Naipaul's The Enigma of Arrival 57

3 Racism and the English Countryside: Contemporary Black Britain in David Dabydeen's Disappearance and Caryl Phillips's A Distant Shore 84

Part II Legacies of Empire in the Postcolonial Rural

4 Towards a Provincial Cosmopolitanism: Amitava Kumar's Bombay, London, New York 117

5 A Distinctly Uncosmopolitan Present: The Postcolonial Rural in Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide and Mahasweta Devi's Imaginary Maps 145

6 Historicising Neocolonial Globalisation and Political Revolution: Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place 178

Conclusion: Local Futures, Global Fissures 208

Notes 215

Bibliography 223

Index 241

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