THE LANGUAGE OF POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURES: 
An Introduction

Brief Description

Drawing on a range of writers, including Jean Rhys, Derek Walcott, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Nuruddin Farah, The Language of Postcolonial Literatures provides a comprehensive introduction to some of the central features of language in a wide variety of postcolonial texts. Ismail S. Talib illustrates how English has been shaped by and had to contend with other languages in former British colonies. Exploring literatures from a range of countries including India, Nigeria, Canada, Australia, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Caribbean, he shows how individuals retain their cultural and national identity in the face of such changes. Language is the primary concern in postcolonial literature, and postcolonial literature is achieving canonical status, so this book is essential for all world literature scholars and sociolinguists.

 

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