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Encyclopedia of post-colonial literatures in English /
edited by Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
description
3 v. (liv, 1892 p.) ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0415278856 (set)
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
isbn
0415278856 (set)
catalogue key
5321191
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-02:
Benson and Conolly build on the success of their Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre (CH, Jul'90) with this alphabetically arranged encyclopedia of worldwide literatures in English. It is a literary and organizational achievement that will support curricular trends at most campuses. Earlier titles, like International Literature in English, ed. by Robert L. Ross (CH, Jan'92), do not have the scope and informed, systematic coverage of this new work, which involved regional editors and 574 contributors, most from the countries covered. The editors' goal was to introduce authors and writing from the Philippines and countries influenced by British imperialism--i.e., regions where postcolonial writing in English occurs--and to focus on works that have not received much critical attention. Some authors, for example Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, are certainly well known, but the vast majority will be new to North American readers. The wide-ranging topics and historical surveys are especially useful; genres reach beyond traditional ones to include prison writing and exploration literature, for example. The more than 50 countries represented range from Australia to Hong Kong and Zimbabwe; literary topics include censorship, aborigines in literature, and broadcasting. The 1,600 entries are introductory but often well developed and evaluative, with important contextual information and brief reading lists. Cross-references and a full, text-generated index are a user's delight. Strongly recommended for all libraries with literature collections. M. H. Loe; SUNY College at Oswego
Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-11-15:
This encyclopedia loosely refers to writing affected by the process of colonization. Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malta, and Sri Lanka are only a few of the countries included. While there are other works on individual countries and types of literature, such as the Oxford Companion to Canadian Theater (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1989) or the Reference Guide to Short Fiction (St. James, 1993), no major source compares regarding number of countries or areas of literature covered. Individual writers, national literary developments, and major genres that provide a cross-cultural view are all assessed. Entries on individuals include a short identifier, coverage of works, and biography, and for most a brief bibliography that makes further exploration of little-known authors easier. The entries on the national literary movements and the genres are lengthy and include a bibliography. All entries are signed. With the growing multicultural emphasis on literature, this work is a welcome and needed source. Highly recommended for all undergraduate collections.-Neal Wyatt, Mary Washington Coll. Lib., Fredericksburg, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Post-Colonial Literatures in English, together with English Literature and American Literature, form one of the three major groupings of literature in English, and, as such, are widely studied around the world. Their significance derives from the richness and variety of experience which they reflect. In two volumes, this Encyclopedia documents the history and development of this body of work and includes original research relating to the literatures of some 50 countries and territories. In more than 1,600 entries written by more than 600 internationally recognized scholars, it explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide.
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This is a second edition of a successful and acclaimed work of reference. It has been extensively revised and new entries have been added.
Main Description
Post-Colonial Literatures in English, together with English Literature and American Literature, form one of the three major groupings of literature in English, and, as such, are widely studied around the world. Their significance derives from the richness and variety of experience which they reflect. In three volumes, this Encyclopedia documents the history and development of this body of work and includes original research relating to the literatures of some 50 countries and territories. In more than 1,600 entries written by more than 600 internationally recognized scholars, it explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide.
Main Description
The second edition of theEncyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in Englishbrings this classic work up to date to include the latest scholarship and the many new works published over the past decade. In three volumes, thisEncyclopediadocuments the history and development of post-colonial literatures and includes original research from some 50 countries and territories. Featuring over 1,600 entries written by more than 600 internationally recognized scholars, it explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide. Coverage includes: National entriessuch as Australia, Cyprus, and Tanzania--which trace the literary and cultural development of a country in terms of its geography, history, economy, and politics Major subject or genre entriessuch as Drama, Gay and Lesbian Literature, and Publishing--which provide a historical perspective on literary activity in different countries Biographical andcritical entries on individual authors Overviewsfor selected major subjects and genres in the form of comparative essays which explore the issues in a variety of countries This revised edition is a necessary update and--like its predecessor--an essential tool for librarians, students, scholars, and researchers in English literature, post-colonial critical theory, and cultural studies.

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