Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Postcolonial Subjects: Canadian and Australian Perspectives

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Postcolonial Subjects: Canadian and Australian Perspectives

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Miroslawa Buchholtz (ed.), Postcolonial Subjects: Canadian and Australian Perspectives (Toruñ: Wydawnicto Uniwersytetu Mikolaja Kopernika, 2004), 251pp. ISBN 83-231-1669-5.

Miroslawa Buchholtz argues that Canadian studies have been developing in a 'dynamic fashion . . . over the past decade, but Australian studies are still lagging far behind' (p. 7). The aim of this collection, compiled of essays from European academics, is to open up a discussion on both Australian and Canadian literature and culture, thus helping Australian studies to benefit from the interest that Canadian studies has drawn recently. Focusing on a variety of different historical contexts that range throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Postcolonial Subjects clearly demonstrates that postcolonialism is a theoretical and political position that embodies an active concept of intervention within oppressive circumstances precisely led by hegemonic world powers. With this in mind, Buchholtz and his contributors successfully compile a comprehensive and illuminating review of discourses, theories and practices on colonialism, imperialism, neo-colonialism and postcolonialism in both Canadian and Australian contexts.

The collection is divided into four parts: theoretical, Canadian, Australian, and comparative. Antonella Riem Natale introduces these topics with an overview of concepts and conceptualisations concerning postcolonialism. …

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