The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel provides an engaging account of the postcolonial novel, from Joseph Conrad to Jean Rhys. Reflecting the development of postcolonial literary studies into a significant and intellectually vibrant field, this Companion explores genres and theoretical movements such as magical realism, crime fiction, ecocriticism, and gender and sexuality. Written by a host of leading scholars in the field, this book offers insight into the representative movements, cultural settings, and critical reception that define the postcolonial novel. Covering subjects from disability and diaspora to the sublime and the city, this Companion reveals the myriad traditions that have shaped the postcolonial literary landscape, and will serve as a valuable resource to students and established scholars alike.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the postcolonial novel in a changing frame Ato Quayson; 2. The colonial novel Tim Watson; 3. The postcolonial novel in the wake of 1989 Debjani Ganguly; 4. Magical/realist novels and the politics of the possible Zoe Norridge; 5. Nature, ecocriticism, and the postcolonial novel Anthony Carrigan; 6. Disability and the postcolonial novel Clare Barker; 7. Gender, sexuality, and the postcolonial novel Evan Mwangi; 8. The postcolonial novel and diaspora Yoon Sun Lee; 9. Itineraries of the sublime in the postcolonial novel Philip Dickinson; 10. The postcolonial crime novel Stephen Knight; 11. The gleam and the darkness: representations of the city in the postcolonial novel Rashmi Varma; 12. Space and the postcolonial novel Robert Zacharias; 13. Tragedy, alienation, and the postcolonial novel Ato Quayson.