Maps of Englishness

Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism

Simon Gikandi

Columbia University Press

Maps of Englishness

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Pub Date: January 1997

ISBN: 9780231105996

304 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: January 1997

ISBN: 9780231105989

304 Pages

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Maps of Englishness

Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism

Simon Gikandi

Columbia University Press

Gikandi explores the politics of identity to analyze how the colonial experience inspired narrative forms that changed the nature of the English identity by surveying the British imperial tradition since the nineteenth century. He provides detailed readings of the works of Trollope, Carlyle, and others; through the narratives of imperial women travelers such as Mary Kingsley and Mary Seacole; and through Africanist texts by Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and postcolonialists such as Salman Rushdie and Joan Riley.
1. Colonial Culture and the Question of Identity
2. Through the Prism of Race: Black Subjects and English Identities
3. Englishness and the Culture of Travel: Writing the West Indies in the Nineteenth Century
4. Imperial Femininity: Reading Gender in the Culture of Colonialism
5. Belated Englishness: Modernism, Narrative, and Late Colonialism
6. Beyond Empire and Nation: Writing Identity After Colonialism

About the Author

Simon E. Gikandi is professor of English language and literature at the University of Michigan.