Postcolonial Literature


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Introduction & Definition

"After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies." Editorial by Priyamvada Gopal and Neil Lazarus. New Formations 59.

"'Postcolonial Literature': Problems with the Term." By Dr. Paul Brians, web published, 1998.

"Introduction to Postcolonial Studies." By Deepika Bahri, Postcolonial Web, Emory U.


Literary Criticism

Aboul-Ela, Hosam. "Edward Said's Out of Place: criticism, polemic, and Arab American identity." MELUS, Dec. 2007.

Adesanmi, Pius. "Of Postcolonial Entanglement and Durée: Reflections on the Francophone African Novel." On pessimism in and about Africa. Comparative Literature 56, 3 (Summer 2004) [first page of article only].

Bachmann-Medick, Doris. "Cultural Misunderstanding in Translation: Multicultural Coexistence and Multicultural Conceptions of World Literature." EESE, July 1996.

Boehmer, Elleke. Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors (Oxford UP 2005). Preview at Google Books.

Dunick, Lisa M.S.. "The silencing effect of canonicity: authorship and the written word in Amy Tan's novels." MELUS, June 2006.

George, Rosemary Marangoly. The Politics of Home: Postcolonial Relocations and Twentieth-century Fiction (Cambridge UP 1996). Preview at Google Books.

Griesbach, Daniel. "Resilience as resistance: representing Hispanic New Mexico to the federal writers' project in Lou Sage Batchen's Placitas stories." MELUS, March 2007.

Henderson, Laretta. Ebony Jr! and "soul food": the construction of middle-class African American identity through the use of traditional southern foodways. MELUS, Dec. 2007.

Houston, Lynn Marie. "Making do": Caribbean foodways and the economics of postcolonial literary culture. MELUS, Dec. 2007 [sub ser].

Katrak, Ketu H. A review of "Politics of the Female Body: Postcolonial Women Writers of the Third World." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 26 (Fall 2007). Reviewed by Gita Rajan.

Laamiri, Mohamed and Sara Mills, eds. "Representing Morocco." Contents: Karim Bejjit, "Encountering the Infidels, Restoration Images of the Moors"; Khalid Bekkaoui, "The Moorish Figure and Figures of Resistance"; Khalid Chaouch, "British Travellers to Morocco and their Accounts, from mid-16th to mid-20th Centuries, A Bibliography"; Mohamed Dellal, "Re-presenting Minorities, Wyndham Lewis' Journey Into Berber Athena"; Ahmed Idrissi Alami, "Discordant evangelical visions, ideological intent and the construction of the reader in James Richardson"s Travels in Morocco (1860)"; Mohamed Laamiri, "Barbary in British Travel Texts." Working Papers on the Web 7 (2004).

Ludescher, Tanyss. "From nostalgia to critique: an overview of Arab American literature." MELUS, Dec. 2006.

Marrouchi, Mustapha. "Just look at that post-colonial shuffle!" [West Indian novels in English]. College Literature, 2007.

Marshall, Joanna Barszewska. "Boast now, chicken, tomorrow you'll be stew": pride, shame, food, and hunger in the memoirs of Esmeralda Santiago. MELUS, Dec. 2007.

Matzke, Christine and Susanne Muhleisen, eds. A brief summary of Postcolonial Postmortems; Crime Fiction From a Transcultural Perspective (Editions Rodopi, 2006). Reference & Research Book News, August 2006.

Mexal, Stephen J. "The logic of liberalism: Lorenzo de Zavala's transcultural politics." MELUS, June 2007.

Oliver-Rotger, Maria Antonia. Ethnographies of transnational migration in Ruben Martinez's Crossing Over. MELUS, June 2006.

Orfalea, Gregory. "The Arab American novel." MELUS, Dec. 2006.

Pordzik, Ralph. "Fictions of Empire: Imperial Vision in George Gissing's Later Fiction, with special regard to Henry Ryecroft (1903)." EESE, Aug. 2002.

Prchal, Tim. "Reimagining the Melting Pot and the golden door: national identity in gilded age and progressive era literature." MELUS, March 2007.

Schedler, Christopher. "Bugs in the capitalist machine: the schizo-violence of Alejandro Morales's The Brick People. MELUS, March 2007.

Sohn, Stephen Hong. American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America. MELUS, June 2007 [excerpt only, muse].

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. A review of A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Reviewed in the New Statesman by Farrukh Dhondy.

Stammwitz, Kati. "'Turning the Telescope in the Other Direction': Four Interviews with Post-Colonial Travel Writers: Pico Iyer, Frank Delaney, Dan Jacobson, and Dervla Murphy." EESE, Jan. 1999.

Templer, Bill. "American Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism a Century ago: its Discourse and Counterdiscourse in the Critical American Studies Classroom." EESE, 2004.

Torres, Lourdes. "In the contact zone: code-switching strategies by Latino/a writers." MELUS, March 2007.

Williams, Laura Anh. "Foodways and subjectivity in Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies." MELUS, Dec. 2007.


Romanticism & Imperialism

O'Quinn, Daniel J. Introduction to "The Containment and Re-deployment of English India." Special Romantic Circles edition includes scholarly articles on this topic, November 2000.

Bewell, Alan. A review of Bewell's Romanticism and Colonial Disease. Reviewed by Tim Fulford, Romanticism on the Net 19 (August 2000).

Cobbett, William. A review of Cobbett's John Thelwall, Radicalism, Racism and Slavery: A Study in Burkean Parodics. Reviewed by Wood, Marcus in Romanticism on the Net 15 (Aug. 1999).

Fulford, Tim. "Blessed Bane: Christianity and Colonial Disease in Southey's Tale of Paraguay." Romanticism on the Net 24 (Nov. 2001).

Fulford, Tim and Peter J. Kitson, eds. A review of Romanticism and Colonialism: Writing and Empire, 1780-1830. Reviewed by Wright, Julia M. in Romanticism on the Net 17 (Feb. 2000).

Hofkosh, Sonia and Alan Richardson, eds. A review of Romanticism, Race and Imperial Culture, 1780-1834. Reviewed by O'Quinn, Daniel. Romanticism on the Net 11 (Aug. 1998).

Makdisi, Saree. A review of Makdisi's, Romantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity. Reviewed by Wright, Julia M. in Romanticism on the Net 15 (Aug. 1999).

Persyn, Mary. "The Sublime Turn Away from Empire: Wordsworth's Encounter with Colonial Slavery, 1802." Romanticism on the Net 26 (2002).

Thomas, Helen. A review of Romanticism and Slave Narratives: Transatlantic Testimonies. (Cambridge UP 2000). Reviewed by Sophie Thomas, Romanticism on the Net 28 (Nov. 2002)


Web Sites & Journals

Austlit, Australian Literature Resource. Authoritative information on authors and literature related to Australia, from 1780-present. A collaborative project between 12 Australian universities and the National Library of Australia.

Introductions to literary tradition by country. For Australia and New Zealand; for East and Southeast Asia; for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka; for Africa. From the Poetry House project at St. Andrews U.

"Contemporary Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature in English." An overview of Postcolonial writers, ed. George Landow. Includes critical articles about authors, their themes, techniques, and their historical and cultural contexts.

The Emory U Postcolonial literature project provides introductory articles on many postcolonial authors along with lists of primary and secondary resources.

World Literature in English web site extensively covers the subject of postcolonial literature, from Fu Jen U in Taiwan.

Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, with special editions on postcolonialism, neo-colonialism, disaporas, postcolonial fictions, and Yorga Wangi: Postcolonialism and Feminism. Impressive articles, not indexed here, but worth browsing. A typical article is Sue Kossew's, "'Women's Words': A Reading of J.M. Coetzee's Women Narrators." There are over 50 full-text articles available, along with access to the full text of scholarly books on postcolonial topics.

Continuum, a thematically based cultural studies journal in Australia, from 1987-1994, cover topics related to Asian, Australian, and multiculturalism in general film, t.v., media studies. Articles are freely available online.

The SOAS Literary Review publishes articles on all aspects of the literatures of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Published by the School of Oriental and African Studies, U of London. Articles are freely available online.

Jouvert: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, explores many facets of postcolonial thought. Published by the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State U. Articles are freely available online.

Web site for Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature: A scholarly journal devoted to the study of women's literature of all periods and nationalities [Feminist and Women's Studies].

MELUS, published by the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.


Some postcolonial authors

Achebe, Chinua

Allende, Isabel

Cesaire, Aimee

Coetzee, J.M.

Conrad, Joseph

Dinesen, Isak (Karen Blixen)

Forster, E.M.

Gordimer, Nadine

Kincaid, Jamaica

Kipling, Rudyard

Kureishi, Hanif

Lorde, Audre

Naipaul, V.S.

Okigbo, Christopher

Okri, Ben

Ondaatje, Michael

Rhys, Jean

Roy, Arundhati

Rushdie, Salman

Seth, Vikram

Walcott, Derek


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