Post-colonial Studies: The Key Concepts

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 275 pages
Post-colonial studies stands at the intersection of debates about race, colonialism, gender, politics and language. In the language of post-colonial studies, some words are new, while others are familiar but charged with a new significance. This volume provides an essential key to understanding the issues that characterise post-colonialism, explaining what it is, where it is encountered and why it is crucial in forging new cultural identities. Among the subjects defined and discussed are: * diaspora * Manicheanism * Orientalism * Fanonism * mimicry * settler-colony * imperialism * negritude * transculturation This comprehensive glossary has extensive cross-referencing, each entry is supplemented by suggestions for further reading, and there is a comprehensive bibliography of essential writings in post-colonial studies.

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