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A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in Continental Europe and its Empires
Edited by Prem Poddar, Rajeev Patke and Lars Jensen
Regional Editors: John Beverley, Charles Forsdick, Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Theo d’ Haen, Lars Jensen, Birthe Kundrus, Elizabeth Monasterios, Phillip Rothwell
The Companion is the first reference work to provide a concise and integrated body of information about the political, cultural and economic contexts of postcolonial literatures that have their provenance in the major European Empires of France, Germany, Holland, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark and Spain-. The Companion is
comprehensive in its geographical scope, extending from Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It also accommodates the literatures and histories of regions where Europe merges into Asia, as in the cases of Turkey and Russia.
The Companion contains 240 entries written by more than 150 recognized scholars in the fields of postcolonial history and literature, and covers major events, ideas, movements, and figures in postcolonial histories. In addition to an extended introduction to each region, the book provides surveys of key topics such as anti-colonial resistance, historiography,women’s histories, and narratives and fictions of empire. The entries range across the entire period from European overseas xploration, settlement and colonization to the decolonization of Europe’s former colonies, and highlight the relevance of colonial histories to the cultural, social, political and literary formations of contemporary postcolonial societies and nations. Topics of contemporary significance include nationalism, ethnic struggles, migrancy, writings about other humanities disciplines like journalism, music, etc.. Each entry provides a succinct account of an event or topic, as well as suggestions for further reading in postcolonial literary works and histories. Extensive cross-references and indexes are provided to help readers place literary texts in their historical contexts, and to link texts, topics and histories from one region to another with ease.
By outlining the historical contexts of postcolonial literatures, the Companion provides an important key to understanding complex contemporary debates about race, colonialism and neo-colonialism, politics, economics, culture and language. Its coverage of events, figures and movements, along with political, social, and economic developments, makes this an indispensable sourcebook of information and ideas for students, teachers and the general reader.
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