Beyond The Borders: American Literature and Post-Colonial Theory

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Deborah L. Madsen
Pluto Press, Aug 20, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 259 pages
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The contributors to this book challenge the usual boundaries of 'post-colonial' theory. Focusing on American literature, they examine how America's own imperial history has shaped the literatures that have emerged from within America -- for instance, from Native American, Latino, Black and Asian-American writers. They contrast this with postcolonial literatures from countries whose history has been shaped by American colonialism -- from Canada, Central America and the Caribbean to Hawaii, Indonesia and Vietnam. In this way the contributors explore key questions about national identity and multiculturalism: why, for instance, is a Native writer categorised within 'American literature' if writing on one side of the border, but as 'Canadian' and 'post-colonial' if writing on the other? This is a challenging collection that raises questions not only about the boundaries of post-colonial theory, but also about ethnicity and multiculturalism, and the impact of immigration and assimilation -- issues that lie at the heart of the literary curriculum.

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Deborah Madsen is Professor of American Literature at the University of Geneva. Her previous books are Post-Colonial Literatures (Pluto Press, 1999) and Feminist Theory and Literary Practice (Pluto Press, 2000).

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