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

ISBN 9780415443005
Published July 10, 2009 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Bart Moore-Gilbert is Professor of Postcolonial Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. His publications include Kipling and 'Orientalism', Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics, Writing India: British Representations of India 1757-1990 and Hanif Kureishi.


'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