Post-Colonial Literatures

Post-Colonial Literatures : Expanding the Canon

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The postcolonial literary canon remains comprised of privileged national and regional texts. The English-language literatures of Africa, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean clearly emerged from an earlier model of `Commonwealth literature'. Post-Colonial Literatures examines the development of this body of writing, and is the first such study to expand the paradigm to accommodate the literatures of the colonised peoples of North America.

The authors engage with the major debates within existing postcolonial studies, addressing issues such as hybridity, subaltern voices, decolonisation, multiculturalism and border cultures. Subjects covered include Fred D'Aguiar, Merle Collins and Toni Morrison; Native Candian writing and US-Canadian literary relations; writings of the Autralian Aborignals; women writers in Zimbabwe; and the relationship between black and Hispanic discourses of America.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 148 x 230 x 24mm | 539.78g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745315151
  • 9780745315157

About Deborah L. Madsen

Dr. David M. Berry is a lecturer in the Media and Communication department at the University of Swansea. He researches the philosophy of technology, medium theory, digital media and the social and political implications of the information society.
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Table of contents

1. Beyond the Commonwealth: Post-Colonialism and American Literature by Deborah L. Madsen (South Bank University)

2. Post-colonialism in the United States: Diversity or Hybridity? by Karen Piper (University of Missouri, Columbia)

3. Ethical Reading and Resistant Texts by Patricia Linton (University of Alaska, Anchorage)

4. Fractures: Written Displacements in Canadian/US Literary Relations by Richard J. Lane (South Bank University)

5. The Rhythm of Difference: Language and Silence in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and The Piano by Marion Wynne-Davies (University of Dundee)

6. Locating and Celebrating Difference: Writing by South African and Aboriginal Women Writers by Gina Wisker (Anglia Polytechnic University)

7. Coming in from the Margins: Gender in Contemporary Zimbabwean Writing by Pauline Dodgson (Thames Valley University)

8. The Memory of Slavery in Fred D'Aguiar's Feeding the Ghosts by Gail Low (University of Dundee)

9. 'Versioning' the Revolution: Gender and Politics in Merle Collins's Angel by Suzanne Scafe (South Bank University )

10. Erupting Funk: The Political Style of Toni Morrisonis Tar Baby and The Bluest Eye by Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire)

11. Afro-Hispanic Literature and Feminist Theories: Thinking Ethics by Rosemary Geisdorfer Feal (University of Rochester)

12. Chicano/a Literature: `An Active Interanimating Of Competing Discourses' by Candida N. Hepworth (University of Wales, Swansea)

13. Border Theory and the Canon by Debra A. Castillo (Cornell University)

14. Racialism and Liberation in Native American Literature by Lee Schweninger (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

15. Ants in the System: `Thinking Strongly' about Native American Stories by Robert Gregory (University of Kentucky)

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