Lifting the Sentence: A Poetics of Postcolonial Fiction

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 252 pages
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Is the term "postcolonial fiction" meaningful? Is there any such thing as a postcolonial literary aesthetic? Robert Fraser's contention in this thought-provoking book is that these questions can be answered in the affirmative only if postcoloniality is interpreted, less as a condition than as a development through six specified historical phases. As the penal "sentence" of imperialism is gradually lifted, he argues, successive types of syntactical "sentence" have come into play: colonial and postcolonial grammars, distinctive uses of person, tense, mood, and form.
 

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Contents

The politics of language
11
Inscribing the nation
26
Speaking in tongues
40
Uses of person
65
Uses of tense
99
Voice tone and mood
118
Typology symbol and myth
142
Time and duration
169
Parody as politics
189
persons tenses and moods
214
Notes and references
231
Select bibliography
241
Index
247
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