Fiction from the old British Commonwealth once took second place to the literature of England and the United States, but his is no longer the case. Writers from around the globe-Africa, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, and the Caribbean-have recorded their encounters with colonialism from its beginnings to its collapse and aftermath to produce an impressive body of work that internationalizes literature in English.
Colonial and Postcolonial Fiction in English draws from this great common wealth of writing of offer 35 selections by major writers from both indigenous and settler cultures, from the nineteenth century through the contemporary era.
The anthology is organized into sets of short stories and stand-alone selections from significant novels; colonial, postcolonial, immigrant, and personal encounters are represented. Each section includes a general introduction to help readers place the works in historical and cultural perspective. Biographical and critical material is provided for each writer, along with commentary on each selection.
This anthology is an appropriate textbook for courses in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and in Literature and Cultural Studies. It will also interest general readers.
Table of ContentsColonial Encounters * from Waiting for the Barbarians, J.M. Coetzee * The Coming of the Christ-Child, Bessie Head * The Sacrificial Egg, Chinua Achebe * from The Matriarch, Witi Ihimaera * The Woman at the Store, Katherine Mansfield * The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson * A Boer Wedding, from The Story of an African Farm, Olive Schreiner * A Matter of Taste, Alex la Guma * The Gold Watch, Mulk Rap Anand * A Letter from Home, Doris Lessing * The Charlottetown Banquet, Robertson Davies * A Drink in the Passage, Alan Paton * TWO Post-colonial Encounters * Do You Love Me? Peter Carey * from Devil on the Cross, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o * The Perfume Sea, Margaret Laurence * An Experience of India, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala * A Horse and Two Goats, R.K. Narayan * The Pyre, Shashi Tharoor * The Hills, Patricia Grace * from The Famished Road, Ben Okri * Ranna's Story, from Cracking India, Bapsi Sidhwa * from The Ministry of Hope, Roy Heath * Prelude: An Inheritance, from A Way in the World, V. S. Naipaul * Immigrant Encounters * Swimming Lessons, Mohinton Mistry * Silver Pavements, Golden Roofs, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni * Buried Lives, Bharati Mukherjee * The Ministry's Visiting Day, from In the Ditch, Buchi Emecheta * My Son the Fanatic, anif Kureishi * Personal Encounters * Down at the Dump, Patrick White * The Sun in Winter, David Malouf * Scarlet Ibis, Margaret Atwood * Pigeons at Daybreak, Anita Desai * The Triumph of Poetry, Janet Frame * Some Are Born to Sweet Delight, Nadine Gordimer