Literature Studies Site

Post-Colonial Literature


Post Colonial Literature is the literature produced in formerly colonised countries across the world. It often, but not exclusively, deals with the expereince of colonisation and its aftermath, but it always communicates the point of view of the indigenous peoples. It often revaluates colonial history, presenting it from the perspective of the oppressed rather than the oppressor. The experiments and variations with the English language from different parts of the world are part of the fascination of this area of literary study.

On the other hand, there is the literature from the settler colonies such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand, usually written by English settlers as they naturalise in an initially unfamiliar landscape and form a new nation.

Further Links

The Post Colonial Literature Course

PDF introduction to Post Colonial literature

A few comments on a few key Post Colonial texts

An introduction to some of the key concerns of Post Colonial writers

Some examples of Post Colonial writing, poems and short extracts

A good section on British Colonial history in India can be found of the Victorian Web.