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The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (New Accents) [Paperback]

Bill Ashcroft , Gareth Griffiths , Helen Tiffin
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14 Jun 2002 0415280206 978-0415280204 2

The experience of colonization and the challenges of a post-colonial world have produced an explosion of new writing in English. This diverse and powerful body of literature has established a specific practice of post-colonial writing in cultures as various as India, Australia, the West Indies and Canada, and has challenged both the traditional canon and dominant ideas of literature and culture.

The Empire Writes Back was the first major theoretical account of a wide range of post-colonial texts and their relation to the larger issues of post-colonial culture, and remains one of the most significant works published in this field. The authors, three leading figures in post-colonial studies, open up debates about the interrelationships of post-colonial literatures, investigate the powerful forces acting on language in the post-colonial text, and show how these texts constitute a radical critique of Eurocentric notions of literature and language.

This book is brilliant not only for its incisive analysis, but for its accessibility for readers new to the field. Now with an additional chapter and an updated bibliography, The Empire Writes Back is essential for contemporary post-colonial studies.


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (14 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415280206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415280204
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bill Ashcroft teaches at the University of New South Wales, Australia, Gareth Griffiths at the University at Albany, USA and Helen Tiffin at the University of Queensland. All three have published widely in post-colonial studies, and together edited the ground-breaking Post-Colonial Studies Reader (1994) and wrote Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies (1998).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good resource 7 Nov 2013
By Pepper
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This book is a good introduction to the Postcolonial literature genre. It explains the terms clearly, and helped me immensely in my research. If you are studying Postcolonial literature I recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Jun 2014
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Great to read if you are studying an English degree, even if its not listed to read its great for second references.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful introduction 5 Feb 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I'm not at all a specialist in post-colonialism but this book, especially the introduction, serves well as a compact introduction to the field.

I found it useful that the book defines the post-colonial as including American, Canadian and Australian literatures and the tensions which they contain in situating themselves against an imperial centre, even one that might, arguably, only exist now in cultural rather than political terms.

I also liked the way it doesn't avoid the ways in which traditional Marxist and feminist theory has been deconstructed as implicitly `western', even `middle class Anglo-American' in the latter case, so that both bodies of thought are already ideologically bound, even at the point at which they attempt to break down ideological norms.

It's nearly always impossible to find a single fits-all-sizes theoretical book: if, like me, you want a succinct introduction to the field then this serves well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars important and dated 23 April 2004
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A book that was probably ground breaking once upon a time, but now itseems dated. Much of its reading of the centre and the margin inpostcolonial terms has been critiqued by later theorists and critics. Iguess it still has historical value now, but unfortunately it continues tobe used to teach postcolonial literatures in most schools anduniversities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All in one 5 April 2000
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Despite its "trendy" title -- very postmodern, combining Salman Rushdie with George Lucas and Star Wars -- and the multiple authorship, this survey is a very readable, clearly articulated consideration of the central problems and issues in post-colonial scholarship. The authors write seamlessly as one, not as a committee, though it is clear that they combine complementary areas of expertise. The consideration of feminist scholarship was perhaps the most disappointing: unlike the other analyses, it seemed desultory. The book is also to be commended for being not merely a conscientious account of post-colonial research, but also a thoughtful and fair-minded critique as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire Writes back: Theory and practice in post-colonial literatures 7 Aug 2013
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The book is excellent, specially if you are writing or studying English Literature (post-colonial). It helped me a lot with my thesis and this book allowed me to learn a lot more in an easy way, simple, very well written and structured.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good find 14 May 2013
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I have been wanting to own this book for quite some time and am now happy to have it in my possession.
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