Extravagant Postcolonialism: Modernism and Modernity in Anglophone Fiction, 1958-1988 (Hardback)Brian T. May (author)
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May pursues this argument by scrutinizing novels composed during the thirty-year postindependence, postcolonial era of Anglophone fiction, a period that began with the Nigerian Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and that ended, many would say, with the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 publication of the Rushdie Fatwa. May contends that the postcolonial authors under consideration - Naipaul, Rushdie, Achebe, Rhys, Gordimer, and Coetzee - inherited modernism and refashioned it. His account of their work demonstrates how it reflects and transfigures modernists such as Conrad, Eliot, Yeats, Proust, Joyce, and Beckett. Tracing the influence of humanistic values and charting the ethical and aesthetic significance of individualism, May demonstrates that these works of "extravagant postcolonialism" represent less a departure from than a continuation and evolution of modernism.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
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