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Postcolonial Theory and Criticism


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Contemporary postcolonial studies represent a controversial area of debate. This collection seeks a more pragmatic approach to the subject, taking into account its historical, social and political realities, rather than ignoring a consideration of material conditions. The contributors look at the oppositional power held and exercised by anti-colonial movements, a neglected topic; address the literary strategies devised by metropolitan writers to contain the insecurities of empire, given that unrest and opposition were integral to British imperialism; contest the charges of nativism and essentialism made by postcolonial critics against liberation writings; and investigate the voices of both inhabitants of post-independence nation states, and those scattered by colonialism itself.

Dr LAURA CHRISMAN teaches at Sussex University; BENITA PARRY is Honorary Professor at Warwick University.

Contributors: Vilashini Cooppan, Fernando Coronil, Gautam Premnath, Ato Quayson, Tim Watson, Lawrence Phillips, Sukhdev Sandhu


First Published: 09 Mar 2000
13 Digit ISBN: 9780859915540
Pages: 166
Size: 21.6 x 13.8
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Essays and Studies
Subject: English & American Literature
BIC Class: DS

Details updated on 29 Jul 2014


  • 1  W(h)ither Post-Colonial Studies? Towards the Transnational Study of Race and Nation
  • 2  Listening to the Subaltern: Postcolonial Studies and the Poetics of Neocolonial States
  • 3  Remembering Fanon, Decolonizing Diaspora
  • 4  Instrumental and Synoptic Dimensions of Interdisciplinarity in Postcolonial Studies
  • 5  Indian and Irish Unrest in Kipling's Kim
  • 6  The Canker of Empire: Colonialism, Autobiography and the Representation of Illness: Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson in the Marquesasin the Marquesas
  • 7  Pop Goes the Centre: Hanif Kureishi's London