Perspectives on Post-colonial Literature

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D. C. R. A. Goonetilleke
Skoob Books, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 214 pages
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This important collection of essays assesses the harvest of the post-colonial project. It spans an impressive range, from stimulating sceptical analysis by distinguished novelists Nayantara Sahgal and Dan Jacobson on the forces that underlie much post-colonial literature and Yasmine Gooneratne on issues of gender, to original essays by eminent critics. The scholarly essays examine crucial general topics: Ken Goodwin on writing as a reflection of reactions to the colonial encounter; Zohreh T. Sullivan and Satendra Nandan on the discourse and experience of migrancy; Gerhard Stilz on transformations of tropical landscape; Bruce Bennett on regionalism in an Australian context and Bernth Lindfors on the actual teaching situation. This book with its international team of contributors offers the kind of periodical assessment which post-colonial literature needs, and is accessible as well as valuable to the student, general reader and scholar alike.

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