The empire writes back : theory and practice in post-colonial literatures /

Main Author: Ashcroft, Bill, 1946-
Other Authors: Griffiths, Gareth, 1943-, Tiffin, Helen.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Edition: 2nd ed.
Series: New accents (Routledge (Firm))
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One does not commonly find collaborating authors renouncing their claims to specific parts of a book. While we can admire their spirit of cooperation, we may regret being unable to give credit to the writer of Chapter 4 for his or her clearly written, interesting, and informative contribution or to call the other writers to task for writing essentially to one another or, at most, to a tiny, enclosed group of academics with similar training and interests. Except for Chapter 4, the writing is graceless, even lifeless, and so heavy with jargon and abstractions that communication is stillborn. One forgets the content of a paragraph before one has finished it. Writing like this sentence, which begins the final paragraph recapitulating a chapter, has to be deplored: "Strategies of appropriation, then, seize the language, re-place it in a specific cultural location, and yet maintain the integrity of that Otherness, which historically has been employed to keep the post-colonial at the margins of power, of authenticity', and even of reality itself." The three writers command an impressive knowledge of contemporary world literature written in English, but, with the exception noted, they have failed to achieve any effective communication. Recommended for graduate libraries with special Commonwealth collections. J. B. Beston Nazareth College of Rochester

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