A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and Its Empires

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Prem Poddar, Rajeev Shridhar Patke, Lars Jensen
Edinburgh University Press, 2008 - History - 633 pages
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This volume complements A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English (Edinburgh University Press, 2005). It provides a body of information about the political, cultural and economic contexts of postcolonial literatures that have their provenance in the major European Empires of Belgium, Denmark & Norway, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain as well as places like Latin America and the Philippines. The companion is comprehensive in its geographical scope, extending from South America and the Caribbean to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It also accommodates the literatures and histories of regions where Europe merges into Asia, as in the cases of Turkey and Russia, and includes essays on the Jewish Diaspora and the 'clash of civilisations'.
The entries cover major events, ideas, movements, and figures in postcolonial histories. They range across the entire period from European overseas exploration, settlement and colonisation to decolonisation, and highlight the relevance of colonial histories to the cultural, social, political and literary formations of contemporary postcolonial societies and nations. Each entry provides a succinct account of an event or topic, as well lists of further reading.

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About the author (2008)

Prem Poddar is Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.

Rajeev Patke is Director of the Division of Humanities at the Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

Lars Jensen is Lecturer at Cultural Encounters at the Roskilde University.

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