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GENERAL EDITOR'S PREFACE ix ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xi Introduction What are post-colonial literatures? 1 Post-colonial literatures and English Studies 2 Development of post-colonial literatures 4 Hegemony 6 Language 7 Place and displacement 8 Post-coloniality and theory 11 Cutting the ground: critical models of post-colonial literatures 14 National and regional models 15 Comparisons between two or more regions 17 The 'Black writing' model 19 Wider comparative models 22 Models of hybridity and syncreticity 32 2 Re-placing language: textual strategies in postcolonial writing 37 Abrogation and appropriation 37 Language and abrogation 40 A post-colonial linguistic theory: the Creole continuum 43 The metonymicfunction of language variance 50 Strategies of appropriation in post-colonial writing 58 3 Re-placing the text: the liberation of post-colonial writing 77 The imperial moment: control of the means of communication 78 Colonialism and silence: Lewis Nkosi's Mating Birds 82 Colonialism and 'authenticity': VS. Naipaul's The Mimic Men 87 Abrogating 'authenticity': Michael Anthony's 'Sandra Street' 90 Radical Otherness and hybridity: Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage 96 Appropriating marginality:Janet Frame's The Edge of the Alphabet 102 Appropriating theframe of power: R.K. Narayan's The Vendor of Sweets 108 4 Theory at the crossroads: indigenous theory and post-colonial reading 115 Indian literary theories 116 African literary theories 122 The settler colonies 131 Caribbean theories 144 5 Re-placing theory: post-colonial writing and literary theory 153 Post-colonial literatures and postmodernism 153 Post-colonial reconstructions: literature, meaning, value 178 Post-colonialism as a reading strategy 186 6 Re-thinking the post-colonial: post-colonialism in the twenty first century 193 Who is post-colonial? 200 Theoretical issues 203 Post-colonialfutures 209 Conclusion More english than English 220 READERS' GUIDE 223 NOTES 238 BIBLIOGRAPHY 246 INDEX 271Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Commonwealth literature (English) History and criticism, English literature 20th century History and criticism, Postcolonialism English-speaking countries, Postcolonialism Commonwealth countries, Postcolonialism in literature, Colonies in literature