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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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The present volume titled New Developments in Postcolonial Studies is a collection of eighteen essays, all of which touch upon–from a variety of perspectives–the question of the applicability of postcolonial theories to analyses of contemporary issues, as well as to revisiting previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. Presenting such a selection of texts–varied and interdisciplinary as they are–we would like to contribute to the ongoing discussion upon the postcolonial reality and both current and emerging developments in the field of postcolonial studies. The articles, grouped thematically, either examine from the postcolonial perspective contemporary social, economic and cultural processes and phenomena, or look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies, or former colonisers, taking into account the fact that the theory of postcolonialism is currently being more frequently applied to the study of countries originally not classified as colonial, to explain and emphasize the experiences of the native peoples of those lands in various historical situations of dependence.

The first and the longest section of the volume, titled Postcolonial Literature(s), offers analyses of a variety of literary texts. The opening essay, “Sharing Space with Others: Re-Thinking the Multicultural Encounter” authored by Anna Branach-Kallas, is an attempt to discuss selected theoretical propositions in English and French responding to the dilemma of how to share postcolonial space with the Other. The author adopts postcolonial trauma theory to analyse Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio’s Révolutions (2003), Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance...

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