© 2009

Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas

  • Michelle Keown
  • David Murphy
  • James Procter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: Theorizing Postcolonial Diasporas

    1. Michelle Keown, David Murphy, James Procter
      Pages 1-15
  3. Discovering Europe

  4. Nostalgia and Longing for ‘Home’

  5. Comparative Diasporic Contexts

  6. Postscript

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Elizabeth Ezra, Terry Rowden
      Pages 211-227
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 228-230

About this book


Bringing together a group of intellectuals from a number of disciplines, this collection breaks new ground within the field of postcolonial diaspora studies, moving beyond the Anglophone bias of much existing scholarship by investigating comparative links between a range of Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanic and Neerlandophone cultural contexts.


Europe gender novel Postcolonial Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle Keown
    • 1
  • David Murphy
    • 2
  • James Procter
    • 3
  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK
  2. 2.University of StirlingUK
  3. 3.Newcastle UniversityUK

About the editors

MICHELLE KEOWN is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, UK, specializing in postcolonial literature and theory, particularly that of the Pacific. She has published widely on Maori, Pacific and New Zealand writing, and is the author of Postcolonial Pacific Writing: Representations of the Body (2005) and Pacific Islands Writing: The Postcolonial Literatures of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Oceania (2007).
DAVID MURPHY is Professor of French at the University of Stirling, UK. He has published widely on African literature and cinema, as well as on the relationship between Francophone studies and postcolonial theory. He is the author of Sembene (2000), and is co-author (with Patrick Williams) of Postcolonial African Cinema (2007).
JAMES PROCTER is Reader in Modern English and Postcolonial Literature at Newcastle University, UK. His publications include Writing Black Britain (2000), Dwelling Places: Postwar Black British Writing (2003) and Stuart Hall (2004). He is currently leading a large AHRC project investigating the relationship between reading, location and diasporic literature (

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