The Cambridge Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

The Cambridge Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

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C. L. Innes
Cambridge University Press, 8/2/2010
EAN 9780521541015, ISBN10: 0521541018

Paperback, 306 pages, 22.7 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

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.

1. Introduction
Situating the postcolonial
2. Postcolonial issues in performance
3. Alternative histories and writing back
4. Authorising the self
postcolonial autobiographical writing
5. Situating the self
landscape and place
6. Appropriating the word
language and voice
7. 'Narrating the nation'
form and genre
8. Rewriting her story
nation and gender
9. Rewriting the nation
acknowledging economic and cultural diversity
10. Transnational and black British writing
colonising in reverse
11. Citizens of the world
reading postcolonial literature
Glossary of critical terms
Notes on main writers discussed
Brief histories
Australia, The Caribbean, East Africa, India and Pakistan, Ireland, West Africa