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Postcolonizing the Commonwealth
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Women and resistance in Iran; cowboy songs; fetal alcohol syndrome; the conquest of Everest; women settlers in Natal. What do these topics have in common?

The study of what used to be called Commonwealth literature, or the new literatures, has by now come to be known as postcolonial study.This collection of essays investigates the status of postcolonial studies today.

The contributors come from three generations: the pioneers who introduced study of the “new” literatures into university English departments, the next generation who refined and developed many of the theoretical positions embodied in postcolonial study, and the next, much younger, generation, who use the established practices of the discipline to investigate the application of this theory in a wide range of cultural contexts.

Although the authors write from such different starting points, a surprisingly similar set of images, phrases and topics of concern emerge in their essays. They return constantly to issues of difference and similarity, the re-examination of categories that often appear to be too rigidly defined in current postcolonial practices, and to concepts of sharing: experience, ideas of home, and even the use of land.

Postcolonizing the Commonwealth: Studies in Literature and Culture offers an intriguing analysis of the state of postcolonial criticism today and of the application of postcolonial methods to a variety of texts and historical events. It is an invaluable contribution to the current debate in both literary and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. v-v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vi-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. Postcolonial / Commonwealth Studies in the Caribbean: Points of Difference
  2. pp. 11-18
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  1. 2. Proximities: From Asymptote to Zeugma
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. 3. Looking in from "Beyond": Commonwealth Studies in French Universities
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. 4. Climbing Mount Everest: Postcolonialism in the Culture of Ascent
  2. pp. 51-74
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  1. 5. Afrikaners, Africans and Afriquas: Métissage in Breyten Breytenbach’s Return to Paradise
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. 6. Inheritance in Question: The Magical Realist Mode in Afrikaans Fiction
  2. pp. 87-98
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  1. 7. Natal Women’s Letters in the 1850s: Ellen McLeod, Eliza Feilden, Gender and "Second-World" Ambi/valence
  2. pp. 99-114
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  1. 8. Rural Women and African Resistance: Lauretta Ngcobo’s Novel And They Didn’t Die
  2. pp. 115-132
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  1. 9. Five Minutes of Silence: Voices of Iranian Feminists in the Postrevolutionary Age
  2. pp. 133-144
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  1. 10. FAS and Cultural Discourse: Who Speaks for Native Women?
  2. pp. 145-156
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  1. 11. Can Rohinton Mistry’s Realism Rescue the Novel?
  2. pp. 157-166
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  1. 12. Dislocations of Culture: Unhousing and the Unhomely in Salman Rushdie’s Shame
  2. pp. 167-180
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  1. 13. A Vision of Unity: Brathwaite, Ngugi, Rushdie and the Quest for Authenticity
  2. pp. 181-195
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  1. 14. Cowboy Songs, Indian Speeches and the Language of Poetry
  2. pp. 189-208
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 209-216
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