The Cambridge Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 25, 2007 - Literary Criticism
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The past century has witnessed the extraordinary flowering of fiction, poetry and drama from countries previously colonised by Britain, an output which has changed the map of English literature. This introduction, from a leading figure in the field, explores a wide range of Anglophone post-colonial writing from Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, India, Ireland and Britain. Lyn Innes compares the ways in which authors shape communal identities and interrogate the values and representations of peoples in newly independent nations. Placing its emphasis on literary rather than theoretical texts, this book offers detailed discussion of many internationally renowned authors, including James Joyce, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, Les Murray and Derek Walcott. It also includes historical surveys of the main countries discussed, a glossary, and biographical notes on major authors. Lyn Innes provides a rich and subtle guide to a vast array of authors and texts from a wide range of sites.
 

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Contents

situating the postcolonial
1
2 Postcolonial issues in performance
19
3 Alternative histories and writing back
37
postcolonial autobiographical writing
56
landscape and place
72
language and voice
97
form and genre
119
nation and gender
137
colonizing in reverse
177
reading postcolonial literature
197
Notes
209
Glossary of terms used compiled by Kaori Nagai
233
Biographies of selected postcolonial writers compiled by Kaori Nagai
242
Australia the Caribbean East Africa India and Pakistan Ireland West Africa compiled by Kaori Nagai
265
Select bibliography
274
Index
289

acknowledging economic and cultural diversity
161

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C. L. Innes is Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Kent.

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