A Concise Companion to Postcolonial Literature (Concise Companions to Literature and Culture)
By: Shirley Chew (editor), David Richards (editor)Paperback
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Taking an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach to literature from 1947 to the present day, this concise companion is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking an authoritative understanding of the intellectual contexts of postcolonial literature and culture. * An indispensable guide for anyone seeking an authoritative understanding of the intellectual contexts of Postcolonialism, bringing together 10 original essays from leading international scholars including C. L. Innes and Susan Bassnett * Explains the ideas and practises that emerged from the dismantling of European empires * Explores the ways in which these ideas and practices influenced the period's keynote concerns, such as race, culture, and identity; literary and cultural translations; and the politics of resistance * Chapters cover the fields of identity studies, orality and literacy, nationalisms, feminism, anthropology and cultural criticism, the politics of rewriting, new geographies, publishing and marketing, translation studies. * Features a useful Chronology of the period, thorough general bibliography, and guides to further reading
Shirley Chew is Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds. She has published widely in the field of Postcolonial literatures including the co-edited Unbecoming Daughters of the Empire (1993), Translating Life: Studies in Transpositional Aesthetics (1999) and Reconstructing the Book: Literary Texts in Transmission (2001). From 1992-1996 she co-edited The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. She is the founding editor Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writing. David Richards is Professor of English Studies and Director of the Centre of Postcolonial Studies at the University of Stirling having previously held posts at the universities of Leeds and Birmingham and at the Open University, where he was the founding Director of the Ferguson Research Centre. His published works include Masks of Difference: Cultural Representations in Literature, Anthropology and Art (1995) and Urban Generations: Post-colonial Cities (Co-edited with Taieb Balghazi and Taoufik Agoumy, 2005).
List of Illustrations vii Notes on Contributors viii Introduction 1 Shirley Chew 1 Framing Identities 9 David Richards 2 Orality and Literacy 29 Part 1: India G.N. Devy Part 2: South Africa Duncan Brown 3 The Politics of Rewriting 56 C.L. Innes 4 Postcolonial Translations 78 Susan Bassnett 5 Nation and Nationalisms 97 John McLeod 6 Feminism and Womanism 120 Nana Wilson-Tagoe 7 Cartographies and Visualization 141 David Howard 8 Marginality: Representations of Subalternity, Aboriginality and Race 162 Stephen Morton 9 Anthropology and Postcolonialism 182 Will Rea 10 Publishing Histories 204 Gail Low Index 229
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