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Post-Colonial and African American Women’s Writing

A Critical Introduction

  • Authors
  • A broad introduction to two popular areas of modern literature
    Covers both well established writers such as Margaret Atwood and Alice Walker and less wellknown women, such as Buchi Emecheta and Bessie Head
    Includes writers from commonly studied postcolonial contexts, such as Australia and India and emergent contexts, such as South East Asia and Oceania
    Has an accessible critical focus, both contextual and women's traditions and feminist criticism oriented

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Gina Wisker
      Pages 1-32
  3. African American Women’s Writing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Gina Wisker
      Pages 35-55
    3. Gina Wisker
      Pages 56-74
    4. Gina Wisker
      Pages 75-89
  4. Writing by Women from Post-Colonial Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Gina Wisker
      Pages 93-129
    3. Gina Wisker
      Pages 130-158
    4. Gina Wisker
      Pages 159-178
    5. Gina Wisker
      Pages 202-233
    6. Gina Wisker
      Pages 234-253
    7. Gina Wisker
      Pages 254-272
    8. Gina Wisker
      Pages 273-300
  5. Emergent Women’s Writing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Gina Wisker
      Pages 303-314
    3. Gina Wisker
      Pages 315-335
    4. Gina Wisker
      Pages 336-345
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 346-376

About this book


This accessible and unusually wide-ranging book is essential reading for anyone interested in postcolonial and African American women's writing. It provides a valuable gender and culture inflected critical introduction to well established women writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, Suniti Namjoshi, Bessie Head, and others from the U.S.A., India, Africa, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and introduces emergent writers from South East Asia, Cyprus and Oceania. Engaging with and clarifying contested critical areas of feminism and the postcolonial; exploring historical background and cultural context, economic, political, and psychoanalytic influences on gendered experience, it provides a cohesive discussion of key issues such as cultural and gendered identity, motherhood, mothertongue, language, relationships, women's economic constraints and sexual politics.


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About the authors

GINA WISKER is Principal Lecturer in English, Head of Women's Studies and principal teaching and learning adviser at Anglia Polytechnic University.

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