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Postcolonial Literature (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism)

Postcolonial Literature (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism)
Author: Justin Edwards
ISBN 13: 9780230506749
ISBN 10: 230506747
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2008-07-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $31.00

This Guide analyzes the criticism of English-language literature from the major regions and countries of the postcolonial world. Criticism on works by key writers, such as Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Jamaica Kincaid, is discussed throughout the volume to illustrate the themes and concepts that are essential to an understanding of postcolonial literature and the development of criticism in the field. Criticism and theoretical approaches are discussed in relation to analyses of literary works from South Africa, Nigeria, Jamaica, Antigua, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka. Criticism on Native American writing, African American literature, as well as Irish, Scottish and Welsh liberationist texts are also mentioned throughout. The book concludes with a discussion of the theoretical debates surrounding neocolonialism, globalization and what has been referred to as and the rise of a "new world" economic empire in the West that has accelerated since the dismantling of the Soviet Union.