By Deborah L. Madsen

The participants to this booklet problem the standard barriers of 'post-colonial' thought. concentrating on American literature, they research how America's personal imperial historical past has formed the literatures that experience emerged from inside the USA -- for example, from local American, Latino, Black and Asian-American writers. They distinction this with postcolonial literatures from nations whose heritage has been formed by means of American colonialism -- from Canada, critical the United States and the Caribbean to Hawaii, Indonesia and Vietnam. during this manner the participants discover key questions on nationwide id and multiculturalism: why, for example, is a local author classified inside 'American literature' if writing on one facet of the border, yet as 'Canadian' and 'post-colonial' if writing at the different? this can be a difficult assortment that increases questions not just concerning the limitations of post-colonial concept, but additionally approximately ethnicity and multiculturalism, and the effect of immigration and assimilation -- matters that lie on the center of the literary curriculum. "a mass of attention-grabbing stuff right here that students within the box should want to learn" Dr Maria Lauret, institution of English and American reports, collage of Sussex. "This choice of essays at the box of post-colonial reports, deals views on texts from either side of the Atlantic, not easy the rising consensus on post-colonial literatures within the approach. The individuals dicuss a variety of similar subject matters, from case reports of particular authors to theoretical investigations of such basic questions because the position of literary research inside of multicultural societies." evaluate of Post-Colonial Literatures

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The Cherokee’s is both symbolic and painfully literal. Madsen 01 chaps 40 26/6/03 11:23 Page 40 Post-colonialism at Home Within the fabric of her historical novel, Pushing the Bear (1996), one of Diane Glancy’s characters recalls the removal decisions from the point of view of the Cherokees who were fighting Georgia’s intrusions onto their land and into their treaty rights: “We claimed the Supreme Court had original jurisdiction. The Cherokee Nation is a foreign nation and the Court can intercede.

Williams, Patrick, and Laura Chrisman, 1994. “Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: An Introduction” in Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: A Reader, eds Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 1–20. S. groups. That is, we want to draw attention to the contentiousness and ambiguity surrounding the status of “nation” as it applies to both fields of literary study. In the context of postcolonial literary studies there has been a preoccupation with ideas of geography, history, nation, and global interconnectedness, as is evidenced by the explosion of commentary on globalization and its effects.

Lytle, 1984. The Nations Within: The Past and Future of American Indian Sovereignty, New York: Pantheon. Glancy, Diane, 1996. Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears, New York: Harcourt. Hogan, Linda, 1990. Mean Spirit, New York: Ivy Books. Hogan, Linda, 1998. Power, New York: Norton.

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