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on 3 December 2000
Fraser prepares a poison pill for the reviewer by declaring at the outset that this is not intended as a survey and that anyone who questions which countries he includes is guilty of raising "sterile questions of geographical demarcation" Risking the author's wrath let me quickly say that it concentrates mainly on countries that became independent within the last 60 years, with some coverage of Australia and Canada and black writers from the United States. The claim of Ireland to be a colony is granted and South American magic realism is mentioned. The writer will be even more annoyed when I say that this is a most useful introduction to many writers, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa, with whom British and American readers are seldom familiar. His primary concern is with literary theory and with demonstrating stylistic nuances by which his chosen writers respond to, or protest against, the "cultural crunge." A witty and iconoclastic concluding chapter then calls the whole enterprise of the academic study of this literature into question.
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