From New National to World English Literature offers a personal
perspective on the evolution of a major cultural movement that
began with decolonisation, continued with the assertion of African,
West Indian, Commonwealth, and other literatures, and has evolved
through postcolonial to world or international English literature.
Bruce King's extensive Introduction discusses the personalities,
writers, issues, and contexts of what he considers the most
important change in culture since Modernism. The Introduction also
explains the forty-five essays and reviews he has selected from his
publications to illustrate the development, stages, and major
national literatures, authors, and themes. Special attention is
given to Nigerian, West Indian, Australian, Indian, and Pakistani
literature. Topics and issues include: "Derry" Jeffares organising
Commonwealth and Anglo-Irish studies, the emergence and aesthetics
of African literature, the question of the existence of a "Nigerian
literature", the place of the new universities in decolonising
culture, the influence of the Rockefeller Foundation, the
contrasting models of American and Irish literatures, ethnicity as
response , the changing nature of exile and diasporas, the role of
Jewish writers, minorities, Muslim objections to free speech, The
Satanic Verses controversy, traditionalism versus modernism, the
dangers of cultural assertion, and the relationships between
nationalism and internationalism. Authors discussed include Chinua
Achebe, Ahmed Ali, Margaret Atwood, David Dabydeen, K N Daruwalla,
Nissim Ezekiel, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Almagir Hashmi, Attia Hosain, A
D Hope, Adil Jussawalla, Arun Kolatkar, Hanif Kureishi, Dom Moraes,
Frank Moorhouse, V S Naipaul, Abioseh Nicol, Gabriel Okara, Mike
Phillips, Mordechai Richler, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Garth St
Omer, Kamila Shamsie, Randolph Stow, Jeet Thayil, and Derek
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