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

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 14, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 296 pages
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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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Review: The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures

User Review  - Jamila - Goodreads

Other reviewers here have already pinpointed the problems of this text so I won't go into too much detail. This book is somewhat useful towards becoming generally familiar with some of the discourse ... Read full review

Review: The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures

User Review  - Haythem Bastawy - Goodreads

This is the first time I revisit the book after seven years of studying it as a text book in my first degree. Unfortunately, The Empire Writes Back is slightly disappointing. It provides snapshots of ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

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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