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Postcolonial Poetics

21st-Century Critical Readings

Authors: Boehmer, Elleke

  • Represents a key intervention in postcolonial studies from one of its founding proponents
  • Puts questions of structure, symbol, and style centre-stage in a way unprecedented in postcolonial criticism to date
  • Takes a broad overview of the discipline, supported by a range of salient case studies
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About this book

Postcolonial Poetics is about how we read postcolonial and world literatures today, and about how the structures of that writing shape our reading. The book’s eight chapters explore the ways in which postcolonial writing in English from various 21st-century contexts, including southern and West Africa, and Black and Asian Britain, interacts with our imaginative understanding of the world. Throughout, the focus is on reading practices, where reading is taken as an inventive, border-traversing activity, one that postcolonial writing with its interests in margins, intersections, subversions, and crossings specifically encourages. This close, sustained focus on reading, reception, and literariness is an outstanding feature of the study, as is its wide generic range, embracing poetry, essays, and life-writing, as well as fiction. The field-defining scholar Elleke Boehmer holds that literature has the capacity to keep reimagining and refreshing how we understand ourselves in relation to the world and to some of the most pressing questions of our time, including resistance, reconciliation, survival after terror, and migration.

About the authors

Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, UK, and a founding figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial literary studies. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of over twenty books, including monographs and novels. Her monographs include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995/2005), Stories of Women (2005), and Indian Arrivals (winner of the ESSE 2015-16 Prize). Her novels include The Shouting in the Dark (2015) and Screens against the Sky (1990).

Reviews

“This finger-on-the-pulse book re-aligns postcolonial poetics and politics, reading and form and returns us to postcolonial concerns via new pathways.  A series of finely-calibrated readings range across regions and genres.  Written with Boehmer’s characteristic elegance and lucidity, this highly-teachable volume will be around for some time to come.” (Professor Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

“Elleke Boehmer brings a much-needed emphasis on readerly engagement to the fields of postcolonial studies and world literature. In these lucid essays, Boehmer argues eloquently for a pragmatic poetics: one that is attuned to the affordance of form as well as the dynamic and charged relations between readers and literary works.” (Professor Rita Felski, University of Virginia, USA)

“For those of us who’ve been trying for decades to drag the aesthetic into postcolonial studies, Elleke’s Boehmer’s lively, lucid, and wide-ranging book finally pushes it across the line. Postcolonial Poetics makes the spirited yet judicious argument that attention to form and literary structure need not shortchange political or material content. With its commanding knowledge of the field, this book reveals the aesthetic means by which literature illuminates the historical violence and material inequalities of the postcolonial world. Elucidating the relation between literature’s mimetic what and its formal how, Boehmer’s important intervention opens new futures for postcolonial studies.” (Professor Jahan Ramazani, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Postcolonial Poetics—A Score for Reading

    Boehmer, Elleke

    Pages 1-17

  • Questions of Postcolonial Poetics

    Boehmer, Elleke

    Pages 19-38

  • Revisiting Resistance Literature—Writing in Juxtaposition

    Boehmer, Elleke

    Pages 39-61

  • Postcolonial Writing, Terror, and Continuity: Okri, D’Aguiar, NourbeSe Philip, Shire

    Boehmer, Elleke

    Pages 63-85

  • Repetitive Poetics—When Crisis Defines a Nation’s Writing. Contemporary South African Novels

    Boehmer, Elleke

    Pages 87-117

Buy this book

eBook £47.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90341-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90340-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Postcolonial Poetics
Book Subtitle
21st-Century Critical Readings
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90341-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90341-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90340-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 220
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