Book History Through Postcolonial Eyes

Book History Through Postcolonial Eyes

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This surprising study draws together the disparate fields of postcolonial theory and book history in a challenging and illuminating way. Robert Fraser proposes that we now look beyond the traditional methods of the Anglo-European bibliographic paradigm, and learn to appreciate instead the diversity of shapes that verbal expression has assumed across different societies. This change of attitude will encourage students and researchers to question developmentally conceived models of communication, and move instead to a re-formulation of just what is meant by a book, an author, a text. Fraser illustrates his combined approach with comparative case studies of print, script and speech cultures in South Asia and Africa, before panning out to examine conflicts and paradoxes arising in parallel contexts. The re-orientation of approach and the freshness of view offered by this volume will foster understanding and creative collaboration between scholars of different outlooks, while offering a radical critique to those identified in its concluding section as purveyors of global literary power.... 181; African Writers Series 86, 143; pa#39;Bitek, Okot 101 Hickey, James Augustus: Bengal Gazette, The 145 Hindi 30, 32, 113, 115, 128; ... language 30; Language Commission of India 128; languages 127a€“8; manuscript culture 43a€“4; metallurgy 15; penal code 150, 152, ... Indian Civil Service: examinations 142 Indian National Congress 152 Indian Nationalist Army 154 Indian Penal Code (1860) 159, anbsp;...

Title:Book History Through Postcolonial Eyes
Author: Robert Fraser
Publisher:Routledge - 2008-08-18

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