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Palgrave Macmillan

The Postcolonial Country in Contemporary Literature

ISBN 9780230298903
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book represents a shift in postcolonial literary criticism by bridging postcolonial studies in Britain with the wider postcolonial world through the concept of 'the postcolonial country', a term which collectively represents the English countryside and Britain as nation, but also rural spaces all across the ex-colonies. Drawing on a range of contemporary writers as diverse as W.G. Sebald, V.S. Naipaul, David Dabydeen, Mahasweta Devi, Amitav Ghosh and Jamaica Kincaid, The Postcolonial Country in Contemporary Literature assesses the contemporary legacies of the vast rural networks of empire that once connected rural England to the hinterlands of the British colonies. This book argues that these legacies manifest themselves as a celebration of Britain's rural heritage industry in the 1980s on the one hand, and on the other, they also contribute to the persistent and exploitative processes of neocolonial globalization in the postcolonial countryside.

Lucienne Loh is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brunel University and Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published a number of articles on postcolonial literature and theory as well as on contemporary British literature. She helped to establish the Postcolonial Studies Association in 2008 and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

Acknowledgements
Introduction Foreign Fields that will be Forever England
PART I: LEGACIES OF EMPIRE IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
1. The Politics of Postimperial Melancholia and Rural Heritage in the 1980s: W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn
2. Rural Routes of Empire, Colonial Nostalgia and the Thatcher Years: V.S. Naipaul's The Enigma of Arrival
3. Contemporary Black Britain and the English Countryside: David Dabydeen's Disappearance and Caryl Phillips's A Distant Shore
PART II: LEGACIES OF EMPIRE IN THE POSTCOLONIAL RURAL
4. Towards a Provincial Cosmopolitanism: Amitava Kumar's Bombay London New York
5. A Distinctly Uncosmopolitan Present: The Postcolonial Rural in Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide and Mahasweta Devi's Imaginary Maps
6. Historicising Neocolonial Globalisation and Political Revolution: Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place
Epilogue Local Futures, Global Fissures
Bibliography
Index

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