Publishing the Postcolonial by Gail Low
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Publishing the Postcolonial
By Gail Low

Publishing the Postcolonial

Anglophone West African and Caribbean Writing in the UK 1948-1968

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Publishing the Postcolonial by Gail Low

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This book explores how writers such as Amos Tutuola, George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, VS Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, and Wole Soyinka came to be published in London in important educational series such as the Three Crown Series and African Writers Series. Low takes account of recent debates in the discipline of book history, especially issues that deal with social, cultural, and economic questions of authorship, publishing histories, canon formation, and the production, distribution and reception of texts in the literary market place. Searching publishing archives for readers reports, editorial correspondence, and interventions, this book represents a necessary exploration of postwar publishing contexts and the dissemination of texts from London that is crucial to literary histories of the postcolonial book. Taken together as a postwar generation, this cohort of now canonical writers helped "imagine" their respective national communities, yet their intellectual labors entered an elite transnational literary circuit, and correspondingly, were transformed into textual commodities by the economic, social, cultural, and institutional transactions that were part of an expanding print capitalism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415424356
ISBN-10: 0415424356
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Gail Low

Publishing the Postcolonial by Gail Low Publishing the Postcolonial, Paperback (July 2012)

This text explores the impact that the 'African Writers Series' had on the development of African writing in English in the 1960s by examining the works of such authors as George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, Wilson Harris, Derek Walcott, Amos Tutuola, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiongo, and Wole Soyinka.

Black British Canon? by Gail Low Black British Canon?, Hardback (October 2006)

Providing an overview of the state of black British writing and pointing towards future developments in the field, this collection examines the formation of a black British canon including writers, dramatists, film-makers and artists. It discusses the textual, political and cultural history of black British and the term 'black British' itself.

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Author Biography - Gail Low

Gail Low teaches contemporary writing and publishing in English at the University of Dundee. She has co-edited A Black British Canon? and is the author of White Skins/Black Masks: Representation and Colonialism (Routledge, 1996).

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