9780415280204

The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415280204

  • ISBN10:

    0415280206

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The authors, three leading figures in post-colonial studies, open up debates about the interrelationships of post-colonial literatures, investigate the powerful forces acting on language in the post-colonial text, and show how these texts constitute a radical critique of Eurocentric notions of literature and language.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1(1)
What are post-colonial literatures?
1(1)
Post-colonial literatures and English Studies
2(2)
Development of post-colonial literatures
4(2)
Hegemony
6(1)
Language
7(1)
Place and displacement
8(3)
Post-coloniality and theory
11(3)
Cutting the ground: critical models of post-colonial literatures
14(23)
National and regional models
15(2)
Comparisons between two or more regions
17(2)
The `Black writing' model
19(3)
Wider comparative models
22(10)
Models of hybridity and syncreticity
32(5)
Re-placing language: textual strategies in post-colonial writing
37(40)
Abrogation and appropriation
37(3)
Language and abrogation
40(3)
A post-colonial linguistic theory: the Creole continuum
43(7)
The metonymic function of language variance
50(8)
Strategies of appropriation in post-colonial writing
58(19)
Re-placing the text: the liberation of post-colonial writing
77(38)
The imperial moment: control of the means of communication
78(4)
Colonialism and silence: Lewis Nkosi's Mating Birds
82(5)
Colonalism and `authenticity': V.S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men
87(3)
Abrogating `authenticity': Michael Anthony's `Sandra Street'
90(6)
Radical Otherness and hybridity: Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage
96(6)
Appropriating marginality: Janet Frame's The Edge of the Alphabet
102(6)
Appropriating the frame of power: R.K. Narayan's The Vendor of Sweets
108(7)
Theory at the crossroads: indigenous theory and post-colonial reading
115(38)
Indian literary theories
116(6)
African literary theories
122(9)
The settdler colonies
131(13)
Caribbean theories
144(9)
Re-placing theory: post-colonial writing and literary theory
153(40)
Post-colonial literatures and postmodernism
153(25)
Post-colonial reconstructions: literature, meaning, value
178(8)
Post-colonialism as a reading strategy
186(7)
Re-thinking the post-colonial: post-colonialism in the twenty first century
193(27)
Who is post-colonial?
200(3)
Theoretical issues
203(6)
Post-colonial futures
209(11)
Conclusion More english than English 220(3)
Reader's Guide 223(15)
Notes 238(8)
Bibliography 246(25)
Index 271

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