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The Empire Writes Back

Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures

By Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin

Routledge – 1989 – 256 pages

Series: New Accents

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    978-0-415-01209-6
    September 20th 1989
    Out-of-print

Description

The experience of colonization and the challenges of the post-colonial world have produced an explosion of new writing in English. This diverse and powerful body of literature has established a specific practice of colonial writing in cultures as diverse as India, Australia, the West Indies, Africa and Canada. This comprehensive study opens debates about the interrelationships of these literatures, investigates the powerful forces acting on language in the post-colonial text and shows how these texts constitute a radical critique of the assumptions underlying Eurocentric notions of literature and language.

Reviews

'Seldom does a book elicit the feeling that it expresses one's particular concerns and couches them in clearer, more satisfactory terms than one would be able to do oneself … an absolute must for advanced student and teacher alike.' - Michel Fabre, Commonwealth

'… the issues raised by the authors of The Empire Writes Back are of vital importance to anyone with an interest in literary studies' - Judie Newman, Times Higher Education Supplement

'a timely account … particularly stimulating and exciting on language and good also on the United States as the great paradigm of post-coloniality. - Andrew Peek, Books and Writing

'a valuable contribution to the discussions of colonialism, Orientalism, the world-system, and post-modern culture' - Review of English Studies

Name: The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (eBook)Routledge 
Description: By Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin. The experience of colonization and the challenges of the post-colonial world have produced an explosion of new writing in English. This diverse and powerful body of literature has established a specific practice of colonial writing in cultures as diverse...
Categories: British Literature, 20th Century Literature, Post-Colonial Studies