The Cambridge companion to postcolonial literary studies

Corporate Author: Cambridge University Press.
Other Authors: Lazarus, Neil, 1953-, Cambridge collections online.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Lazarus (Univ. of Warwick, UK) brings together 12 original essays and contributes both a fine introduction and an unusual, useful chronology that links the events and texts marking the end of colonization with the emergence of postcolonial studies as a theoretical discourse. The links between politics, literature, and theory are foregrounded in this chronology and in most of the essays, making this a particularly coherent example of the Cambridge series. Simon Gikandi tackles the disputed relationship between poststructuralism and postcolonial discourse shrewdly, with an intellectual honesty not always found in such engagements. Tim Brennan offers a fine condensed account of current forms of globalization theory and hints at the ways in which a properly formulated postcolonial discourse exposes what globalization theory neglects. Though shorter than it should be, John Marx's essay on postcolonial literature and canonization will profit faculty as well as students. Fernando Coronil's essay on Latin America offers a welcome sketch of how postcolonial discourse must grapple with the complexities of Latin America and be changed in the course of the encounter. Written with the advanced undergraduate as the imagined audience, these essays achieve the difficult feat of being pedagogy and scholarship at the same time. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. Tololyan Wesleyan University

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