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Postcolonial Literature from Three Continents

Tutuola, H.D., Ellison, and White


Judith L. Tabron

How can we read literatures from other cultures? The metaphors of fractal geometry can help us think about the complexity of the cultural situation of a text or an author . Postcolonial Literature from Three Continents identifies four primary themes common to postcolonial texts – technology, memory, language, and geography – and examines them in relationship to four texts from Nigeria, the United States, and Australia so that we see both the colonized and colonizing positions of these works. The quartet of texts are Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard, H. D.’s Helen in Egypt, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and Patrick White’s Voss.