Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. John Skinner
      Pages 1-27
  3. New Literatures in Old Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. John Skinner
      Pages 31-76
    3. John Skinner
      Pages 77-118
    4. John Skinner
      Pages 119-130
  4. New Literatures in New Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. John Skinner
      Pages 133-159
    3. John Skinner
      Pages 160-195
  5. Old Literatures in New Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-210
    2. John Skinner
      Pages 211-238
    3. John Skinner
      Pages 239-267
  6. Old Literatures in Old Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-275
    2. John Skinner
      Pages 276-293
    3. John Skinner
      Pages 294-307
  7. Extroduction

    1. John Skinner
      Pages 308-331
  8. Afterword

    1. John Skinner
      Pages 332-338
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 339-357

About this book


There are numerous twentieth century writers in English who are not technically native speakers of the language, and whose relation to it is ambivalent, problematic or even hostile: by a simple kinship analogy one may often speak of the 'stepmother tongue'. Whilst fully aware of the current debates in postcolonial theory, John Skinner is also conscious of its sometimes unhelpful complexities and contradictions. The focus of this study is thus firmly on the fictional practice of the writers discussed. He offers the reader an insight into the diversity and rewards of contemporary anglophone fiction, whilst analysing some eighty individual texts. A uniquely comprehensive guide, the book will be welcomed by students and teachers of postcolonial literature.


20th century Africa America analogy Canada Caribbean English English literature Enzo Paci fiction individual language literature native speaker twentieth century

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Naantali, Nådendal, Valles GratiaeFinland

About the authors

JOHN SKINNER has taught at various universities in Sweden, Finland, Italy and the United States and has published three books: Tell-Tale Stories: Essays in Narrative Poetics, The Fictions of Anita Brookner and Constructions of Smollett. His research interests are the new anglophone literatures and eighteenth-century British fiction.

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