1st Edition

Postcolonial Life-Writing Culture, Politics, and Self-Representation

By Bart Moore-Gilbert Copyright 2009
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Postcolonial Life-Writing is the first attempt to offer a sustained critique of this increasingly visible and influential field of cultural production.

    Bart Moore-Gilbert considers the relationship between postcolonial life-writing and its western analogues, identifying the key characteristics that differentiate the genre in the postcolonial context. Focusing particularly on writing styles and narrative conceptions of the Self, this book uncovers a distinctive parallel tradition of auto/biographical writing and analyses its cultural and political significance.

    Original and provocative, this book brings together the two distinct fields of Postcolonial Studies and Auto/biography Studies in a fruitful and much needed dialogue.

    Selected Contents: Introduction  1. Centred and Decentred Selves  2. Relational Selves  3. Embodied Selves  4. Located Selves  5. Inter-Generic Traffic in Postcolonial Life-Writing  6. Non-western Narrative Resources in Postcolonial Life-Writing  7. The Cultural Politics of Postcolonial Self-Representation. Conclusion


    Bart Moore-Gilbert

    'Postcolonial Life-Writing is well-researched and intelligently written, with a clear agenda and arguement throughout. If Bart Moore-Gilbert at times seems too intent on encompassing the entire field of postcolonial literature, this can also be considered the strength of the book which will appeal to anyone with a scholarly interest in Postcolonial Studies and Auto/biography Studies.' - Wasafiri