Simona Bertacco

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article looks towards the influence of post-colonialism on literary theory. It discusses the reading of postcolonial text as a repository of sociological or historical information with its aesthetic dimension being put to one side as trivial and not essential to the communication of its social message. It suggests that this interpretive stance seems to contradict the notion of textual politics shaped by postcolonial theory and goes back to the question of what it means to respond to a work of literature as literature when the postcolonial qualifier enters the picture. The article also evaluates the value of the canonical literary text from a postcolonial perspective.

Keywords: post-colonialism; literary theory; sociological information; historical information; social message; textual politics; postcolonial theory; canonical literary text

Article.  11989 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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