Robert J. C. Young

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780192801821
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775451 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction explores the political, social, and cultural effects of decolonization, continuing the anti-colonial challenge to western dominance. It explores the history and key debates of postcolonialism, discussing its importance as an historical condition and as a means of changing the way we think about the world. Key concepts and issues are considered, such as the status of aboriginal people, cultural nomadism, Western feminism, the innovative fiction of Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, and the postcolonial cities of London, Bombay and Cairo. The work of theorists such as Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, and Gayatri Spivak is also examined.

Keywords: Edward; Mahatma Gandhi; Marcus Garvey; Langston Hughes; Malcolm X; Satanic Verses; trade; translation

Book.  192 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: National Liberation and Post-Colonialism ; Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature)

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