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Title: The Language of Postcolonial Literatures
Written By: Ismail S Talib
Description:

"This is the most comprehensive introduction to post-colonial language use to date. A wide-ranging survey of the issues and conflicts involved in this very contested field makes this book a very useful resource for students and general readers." -Bill Ashcroft,
University of New South Wales, Australia

Drawing on a range of writers, including Jean Rhys, Derek Walcott,
Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Nuruddin Farah,
The Language of Postcolonial Literatures provides a comprehensive introduction to some of the central features of language in a wide variety of postcolonial texts. Ismail S. Talib illustrates how English has been shaped by and had to contend with other languages in former
British colonies. Exploring literatures from a range of countries including India, Nigeria, Canada, Australia, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Caribbean, he shows how individuals retain their cultural and national identity in the face of such changes. Language is the primary concern in postcolonial literature, and postcolonial literature is achieving canonical status, so this book is essential for all world literature scholars and sociolinguists.

March 2002: 176 pp
HB: 0415240182: $75.00 £50.00
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Acknowledgments
1. English in (Post-)Colonial Contexts
2. Anti-Colonialism in Scottish, Welsh and Irish Literatures
3. Anglo-Saxon Transplantations
4. Orality, Writing and What English Brings
5. Using English in Postcolonial Literatures: A Review of
Criticism
6. Decolonisation and the Survival of English
7. Style, Language(s), Politics and Acceptability
8. How's the Mixture?-English, Dialects, and Other Languages
Concluding Summary
Bibliography

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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