The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies offers a unique and up-to-date mapping of the postcolonial world, and is composed of essays as well as shorter entries for ease of reference. Introducing students to the history of the great European empires and the cultural legacies created in their wake, this book brings together an international range of contributors on such topics as:
- the colonial histories of Britain, France, Spain and Portugal
- the diverse postcolonial and diasporic cultural endeavours from Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Europe, and South and East Asia
- the major theoretical formulations: poststructuralist, materialist, culturalist, psychological.
With a comprehensive A to Z of forty key writers and thinkers central to contemporary postcolonial studies and featuring historical maps, this is both a concise introduction and an essential resource for any student of postcolonial culture, whatever their field.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: The Colonial Empires 1. The British Empire 2. The French Empire 3. The Spanish and Portugese Empires 4. The Dutch Empire Part 2: Postcolonial Locations 5. Africa (North and Central) 6. Australasia 7. Canada 8. Caribbean 9. Ireland 10. South America 11. Southern Africa 12. South and East Asia 13. US and European Diasporas Part 3: Postcolonial Formulations 14. Psychological Formulations 15. Poststructuralist Formulations 16. Materialist Formulations 17. Culturalist Formulations Part 4: Key Writers and Thinkers Chronology. Further Reading. Index of Key Concepts
John McLeod is Reader in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures at the School of English, University of Leeds. He is the author of numerous books, including Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester University Press, 2000) and Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis (Routledge, 2004).