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Author Harrison, Nicholas, Dr.

Title Postcolonial criticism : history, theory and the work of fiction / Nicholas Harrison.

Published Cambridge, UK : Polity Press in association with Balckwell Publishers ; Malden, MA, USA : Blackwell Publishers, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  809.891724 HARR    AVAILABLE
Physical description vii, 221 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: Postcolonial Criticism and the Work of Fiction 1 -- 1 Colonialism and Colonial Discourse 11 -- 2 Racism, Realism and the Question of Historical Context 22 -- 3 'Race', Reading and Identification 62 -- 4 Representation, Representativity and 'Minor' Literatures 92 -- 5 Writing and Voice: Women, Nationalism and the Literary Self 112 -- 6 Conclusion: Literature and the Work of Criticism 136 -- 7 Afterword: Theory and Relativism (Fanon's Position) 151.
Summary In the field of postcolonial studies, the full richness and complexity of the connections between literature, history and ideology are often overlooked by critics hurrying to stake out their political positions. As a result, many arguments are built on unjustified assumptions about the sort of work that literature -- and criticism -- can and cannot do. In this important and timely book. Harrison sheds new light on what is actually at issue in postcolonial criticism. Focusing on a series of major works, from Conrad's Heart of Darkness to Djebar's autobiography, the book draws on and elucidates a wide range of theoretical and critical work. To students unfamiliar with postcolonial criticism it offers a way into the field via key issues and specific examples rather than abstract theoretical summary, while for those already working in the area it raises crucial questions about the very basis of postcolonial critical practice. Postcolonial Criticism is a major intervention in the field of postcolonial studies which reexamines critical suppositions about reading and representation, and which calls into question established notions about the relations between literature and colonialism.
Subject Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Imperialism in literature.
Decolonization in literature.
Developing countries -- Literatures -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0745621813 (hard : alk. paper)
0745621821 (paperback: alk. paper)