Spaces of Fiction / Fictions of Space: Postcolonial Place and Literary DeiXis
Spaces of Fiction / Fictions of Space discusses the ways in which literary texts from the colonial to the postcolonial periods have presented the spaces of the postcolonial world. It reads a wide range of well-known postcolonial such as Achebe, Chamoiseau, Conrad, Forster, Glissant, Gordimer Naipaul, Ngugi, or Walcott along with more recent authors: Dabydeen, Desai, Grenville, Malouf, Mda, Ondaatje, Roy, Warner, Wicomb, Wright and others. The book scrutinizes the literary texture of spatial description across the entire breath of African, Australian, Canadian, Caribbean and Indian literature, also taking in the Francophone domain. Spaces of Fiction / Fictions of Space implements a new theory of literary spatial marking derived from the linguistic theory of deixis, and made accessible via an analysis of Beckett's 'semi-colonial' play Waiting for Godot. The study discusses the literary representation of spatial experience from the colonial period via the post-independence period to more recent postcolonial writing, concluding with a particular focus upon indigenous story-telling and the poetics of place.