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Beyond the Borders: American Literature and Post-Colonial Theory (Paperback)
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Beyond the Borders: American Literature and Post-Colonial Theory (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 20/08/2003
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The contributors to this book challenge the usual boundaries of 'post-colonial' theory. Focusing on American literature, they examine how America's own imperial history has shaped the literatures that have emerged from within America -- for instance, from Native American, Latino, Black and Asian-American writers. They contrast this with postcolonial literatures from countries whose history has been shaped by American colonialism -- from Canada, Central America and the Caribbean to Hawaii, Indonesia and Vietnam. In this way the contributors explore key questions about national identity and multiculturalism: why, for instance, is a Native writer categorised within 'American literature' if writing on one side of the border, but as 'Canadian' and 'post-colonial' if writing on the other? This is a challenging collection that raises questions not only about the boundaries of post-colonial theory, but also about ethnicity and multiculturalism, and the impact of immigration and assimilation -- issues that lie at the heart of the literary curriculum. "a mass of interesting stuff here that scholars in the field will want to read" Dr Maria Lauret, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex. "This collection of essays on the field of post-colonial studies, offers perspectives on texts from both sides of the Atlantic, challenging the emerging consensus on post-colonial literatures in the process. The contributors dicuss a diversity of related topics, from case studies of specific authors to theoretical investigations of such fundamental questions as the role of literary study within multicultural societies." Review of Post-Colonial Literatures

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745320458
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 18 mm

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