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The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies


Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

Neil Lazarus, Tamara Sivanandan, Benita Parry, John Marx, Simon Gikandi, Timothy Brennan, Priyamvada Gopal, Keya Ganguly, Laura Chrisman, Deepika Bahri, Fernando Coronil, Andrew Smith
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  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521826945

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies, first published in 2004, offers a lucid introduction and overview of one of the most important strands in recent literary theory and cultural studies. The volume aims to introduce readers to key concepts, methods, theories, thematic concerns, and contemporary debates in the field. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, contributors explain the impact of history, sociology and philosophy on the study of postcolonial literatures and cultures. Topics examined include everything from anti-colonial nationalism and decolonisation to globalisation, migration flows, and the 'brain drain' which constitute the past and present of 'the postcolonial condition'. The volume also pays attention to the sociological and ideological conditions surrounding the emergence of postcolonial literary studies as an academic field in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Companion turns an authoritative, engaged and discriminating lens on postcolonial literary studies.

    • Presents a lucid overview of the issues, theories and concepts relating to postcolonialism
    • Covers a broad range of topics addressing literary studies, but drawing on sociology, history and cultural studies
    • Supported by a useful chronology and further reading
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… excellent introductory chapters to The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies. In bringing the postcolonial narrative up to date with the present geopolitical role of the US, Lazarus has achieved a first.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… an excellent foundation text for students and teachers alike … the coverage and coherence of this companion is exceptional.' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

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    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521826945
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.684kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing postcolonial studies Neil Lazarus
    Part I. Social and Historical Context:
    2. The global dispensation since 1945 Neil Lazarus
    3. Anti-colonialism, national liberation, and postcolonial nation formation Tamara Sivanandan
    4. The institutionalisation of postcolonial studies Benita Parry
    Part II. The Shape of the Field:
    5. Postcolonial literature in the western literary canon John Marx
    6. Poststructuralism and postcolonial discourse Simon Gikandi
    7. From development to globalisation: postcolonial studies and globalisation theory Timothy Brennan
    8. Reading subaltern history Priyamvada Gopal
    9. Temporality and postcolonial critique Keya Ganguly
    Part III. Sites of Engagement:
    10. Nationalism and postcolonial studies Laura Chrisman
    11. Feminism in/and postcolonialism Deepika Bahri
    12. Latin American postcolonial studies and global decolonisation Fernando Coronil
    13. Migrancy, hybridity and postcolonial literary studies Andrew Smith.

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    Neil Lazarus, University of Warwick


    Neil Lazarus, Tamara Sivanandan, Benita Parry, John Marx, Simon Gikandi, Timothy Brennan, Priyamvada Gopal, Keya Ganguly, Laura Chrisman, Deepika Bahri, Fernando Coronil, Andrew Smith

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