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A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English

Edited by Prem Poddar, David Johnson

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This is the first reference guide to the political, cultural and economic histories that form the subject-matter of postcolonial literatures written in English.

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Algerian War of Independence, Kay Adamson (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)

Amin, Idi, Emilia Ilieva (Egerton University, Kenya)
Anglicisation, Cheralyn Mealor (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark)
Anglo-Boer War, Bill Nasson (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Anglo-Burmese Wars, Thomas Henthorne (Pace University, US)
Anglo-Zulu War, Jeff Guy (University of Natal: Durban, South Africa)
Anti-colonialism (Caribbean), Cleve Scott (University of West Indies, Barbados)
Anti-colonialism (East Africa), James Ogude (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Anti-colonialism (West Africa), Alfred Zack-Williams (Liverpool, UK)
Anti-colonialism (India), Pranav Jani (Wagner College, US) and Mytheli Sreenivas (William Paterson University, US)
Anti-war movements (Australia), David Day (La Trobe University, Australia)
ANZAC, David Day (La Trobe University, Australia)

Apartheid and Segregation, Michael Cardo (South African Institute of Race Relations, South Africa)
Arab Nationalisms, Azfhar Hussein (Washington State University, US)
Asante War, Kirsten Holt Petersen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Asian Expulsions (East Africa), Stephanie Jones (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London University, UK)
Asianisation, Lars Jensen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Assimilation (Canada), Batia Boe Stolar (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Aung San Suu Kyi , Thomas Henthorne (Pace University, US)
Back-to Africa Movement, Noah Butler (Northwestern University, US)
Balfour Declaration, Nancy Stockdale (University of Central Florida, US)
Bangladesh (1971), Rehnuma Ahmed (DRIK, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Bengal Famine, Suhail Islam (Nazareth College of Rochester, US) and Syed Hussain (Claflin College, US)
Berlin Conference, Barbara Harlow (University of Texas, US)
Biafra and Biafran War, David Pratten (Sussex University, UK)
Big Bear, Douglas Ivison (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Black Consciousness (Southern Africa) Kelwyn Sole (UCT, S

About the Author

Prem Poddar is Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow at Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin. He is the author of Violent Civilities (2002) and has edited Translating Nations (2000) and Empire and After: Englishness in Postcolonial Perspective (2007).

David Johnson is Professor of Literature in the Department of English at The Open University. He is the author of Shakespeare and South Africa (Clarendon Press, 1996), with Richard Danson Brown, of Shakespeare 1609: Cymbeline and the Sonnets (Macmillan, 2000) and, with Steve Pete and Max Du Plessis, of Jurisprudence: A South African Perspective (Butterworths, 2001).


A work of this nature, whose raison d'etre is a firm commitment to historical contextualisation, is a very welcome addition to the approachable informed guide.
- Wasatri 52
Critics weary of the universalising tendencies of much of postcolonial theory will welcome this volume's emphasis on a multiplicity of histories... An approachable, informed guide through critical debates, events, ideas and movements, this volume encourages critical vigour and highlights the continuing relevance of postcolonial theory in a changing world.
- Maeve Tynan, Wasafiri
Certainly one of the better guides, with its historically grounded approach contributing to the movement away from overarching accounts of postcolonial practices .… This remains an authoritative work.
- The Journal of Commonwealth Literature
Are individual entries of high quality? The answer is basically yes … almost all struck me as informative.
- Simon During, Australian Literary Studies
This volume I will keep in my personal reference collection and I recommend it to all undergraduate students of post colonial literature and their teachers.
- Terry Barringer, African Research & Documentation
The Companion is without doubt a major achievement. Bringing together an impressive range of scholars drawn from across the postcolonial world as well as from the metropolitan academy, the Companion provides a remarkably rich overview of many of the key historical trajectories that inform postcolonial literature in the English-speaking world.
- Graham MacPhee, College Literature

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