The empire writes back : theory and practice in post-colonial literatures / Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin

Author(s): Ashcroft, Bill, 1946-
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Subjects: Commonwealth literature (English)--History and criticism
English literature--20th century--History and criticism
Postcolonialism--English-speaking countries
Postcolonialism--Commonwealth countries
Decolonization in literature
Colonies in literature
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 2nd ed
Published: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002
Series: New accents
New accents (Routledge (Firm))
LC Classification: P, PR
Physical Description: x, 283 p. ; 21 cm
Table of Contents: General editor's preface
Introduction 1
1. Cutting the ground: critical models of post-colonial literatures 14
National and regional models 15
Comparisons between two or more regions 17
The 'Black writing' model 19
Wider comparative models 22
Models of hybridity and syncreticity 32
2. Re-placing language: textual strategies in post-colonial writing 37
Abrogation and appropriation 37
Language and abrogation 40
A post-colonial linguistic theory: the Creole continuum 43
The metonymic function of language variance 50
Strategies of appropriation in post-colonial writing 58
3. Re-placing the text: the liberation of post-colonial writing 77
The imperial moment: control of the means of communication 78
Colonialism and silence: Lewis Nkosi's Mating Birds 82
Colonialism and 'authenticity': V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men 87
Abrogating 'authenticity': Michael Anthony's 'Sandra Street' 90
Radical Otherness and hybridity: Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage 96
Appropriating marginality: Janet Frame's The Edge of the Alphabet 102
Appropriating the frame of power: R. K. Narayan's The Vendor of Sweets 108
4. Theory at the crossroads: indigenous theory and post-colonial reading 115
Indian literary theories 116
African literary theories 122
The settler colonies 131
Caribbean theories 144
5. Re-placing theory: post-colonial writing and literary theory 153
Post-colonial literatures and postmodernism 153
Post-colonial reconstructions: literature, meaning, value 178
Post-colonialism as a reading strategy 186
6. Re-thinking the post-colonial: post-colonialism in the twenty first century 193
Who is post-colonial? 200
Theoretical issues 203
Post-colonial futures 209
Conclusion More English than English 220
Readers' Guide 223
Notes 238
Bibliography 246
Index 271
Additional Authors: Griffiths, Gareth, 1943-
Tiffin, Helen
Notes: LCCN: 2002068034
ISBN: 0415280192
ISBN: 0415280206 (pbk.)
Includes bibliographical references (p. [246]-269) and index
OCLC Number: 49593655
ISBN/ISSN: 0415280192