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Published: 06 October 2005

364 Pages | 3 maps


ISBN: 9780199253715

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Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

Migrant Metaphors

Second Edition

Elleke Boehmer

  • As a critical overview of colonial writing and of postcolonialism, this title remains unparalleled for its historical breadth and the clarity of its theoretical discussion. Ten years after first publication it continues to be prescribed on undergraduate and MA courses around the world and has helped to establish and define the postcolonial field. The expanded and revised edition will confirm this standing.
  • An accessible historical narrative (backed up by a useful Chronology, 1719-2003) situates key colonial and postcolonial developments, texts and cultural figures, from Joseph Conrad and R. L. Stevenson, through to Salman Rushdie and Manju Kapur.
  • In a notoriously complex field, important theoretical terms and issues are illuminated by way of close readings of key texts, but without ever losing subtlety in favour of accessibility.
  • The updated, fully annotated bibliography comprises a uniquely valuable teaching tool.
  • An expanded final chapter and conclusion explore the challenges facing postcolonial studies in the twenty-first century.

New to this Edition:

  • A new final chapter and conclusion outline the leading new debates in the postcolonial field concerning such issues as transnationalism, globalisation, sexuality, and local resistance.
  • The book as a whole gives even more attention than before to the widely taught area of colonial and postcolonial women's writing.
  • The significantly expanded, updated, and fully annoted bibliography will consolidate the book's standing as a foremost postcolonial teaching tool.
  • The often-cited Chronology has been expanded and extended up to 2004.
  • The text will include discussion of many recent writings such as Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things.

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