Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

"Post-colonial literature" by Christopher O'Reilly (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

"Much of the focus of this book is about how authors from subjugated peoples and races have come to take the English language, taught to them initially by their colonial masters, and have used it for their own literary purposes, transforming it in the process. This book seeks to provide an introduction to why, how and when this occurred" (p.8)

  • "the establishment of [Indian] colleges led to the creation of an English-educated, and predominantly Hindu élite, who would be critical of both their own religious orthodoxies, such as the caste system and child brides, and of British rule" (p.17)
  • "the trade for slaves and gold along the west coast of Africa was conducted by African middlemen at the coast. no significant British incursions were made into the continent until the 19th century" (p.30)
  • "There is no doubt, however, that missions in Africa were a powerful force which radically altered African society" (p.31)
  • "The experience of colonisation in Kenya was different from that in Nigeria because of the amount of land which was taken by white settlers" (p.39)
  • "The Caribbean is unique among the regions under discussion in that its original inhabitants, Amerindian, Arawaks and Caribs, no longer inhabit the area" (p.48)
  • "black women were not depicted as naturally beautiful in the imported popular culture that influenced much West Indian society" (p.54)
  • "The experience of women within empire was often one of double oppression" (p.67)
  • "It is also important to bear in mind that much, though certainly not all, discussion of post-colonial literature takes place within the context of post-modernism" (p.103)
  • "Though both colonialism and patriarchy have been closely entwined historically, an end to formal empire has not meant an end to the oppression of women in the former colonies " (p.111)

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