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What is post(-)colonialism?

Mishra, V. and Hodge, B. (1993) What is post(-)colonialism? In: Frow, J. and Morris, M., (eds.) Australian cultural studies: A reader. Allen and Unwin, Sydney, Australia, pp. 30-46.

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Abstract

As the British Empire broke up and attempted to sustain an illusion of unity under the euphemistic title of 'Commonwealth', a new object appear on the margins of departments of English Literature: 'Commonwealth Literature'. The ambiguous politics of the term was inscribed in the field that it called into being. 'Commonwealth literature' did not include the literature of the centre, which acted as the impossible absent standard by which it should be judged. The term also occluded the crucial differences between the 'old' and the 'new' Commonwealth, between White settler colonies and Black nations that typically had a very different and more difficult route into a different kind of independence.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Copyright: 1993 John Frow and Meaghan Morris
Notes: Reprinted in Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman eds. Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory. London: Harvester/Wheatsheaf; New York: Columbia University Press, 1993: 276 - 290.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13382
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