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4.0 out of 5 stars A good resource
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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3.0 out of 5 stars important and dated
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 A good resource, 7 Nov 2013
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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This review is from: The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (New Accents) (Paperback)
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
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This review is from: The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (New Accents) (Paperback)
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
This review is from: The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (New Accents) (Paperback)
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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