The 1990s: An Increasingly Postcolonial Decade

Boehmer, Elleke and Tickell, Alex (2015). The 1990s: An Increasingly Postcolonial Decade. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 50(3) pp. 315–352.



The article offers a critical contextualized overview of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature in the decade of the 1990s, at a time when it was edited at the Universities of Leeds and Hull. It looks at the journal’s relations to the emerging and rapidly changing field of postcolonial literary studies, when JCL shifted from offering fairly predictable close readings of writers still predominantly described as “Commonwealth”, to more prominently theorized accounts of migrant and national narratives.

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