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Friends and Enemies: The Scribal Politics of Post/Colonial Literature (Liverpool University Press - Postcolonialism Across Disciplines) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1846311438
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"Chris Bongie's openly polemical volume is by turns profound in its insights, meticulous in its archival research, startlingly original in the boldness of its theorizing, and extraordinary in the breadth of its references."--Modern Language Review


"Friends and Enemies is well worth diving into for shrewd readings of a splendidly varied corpus and an insightful, comprehensive elucidation of contemporary postcolonial perspectives."--French Studies


"... his valuable contribution, for those unaware of his scholarship, has opened a Pandora's box that will generate stimulating conversations among scholars. Perhaps these discussions will allow new voices to be heard."--New West Indian Guide


About the Author


Chris Bongie is Professor and Queen's National Scholar at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Previous publications include Islands and Exiles: The Creole Identities of Post/Colonial Literature (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998) and Exotic Memories: Literature, Colonialism, and the Fin de siècle (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1991)
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Product Details

  • Series: Liverpool University Press - Postcolonialism Across Disciplines (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846311438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846311437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,392,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sara on July 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
In fairly sophisticated prose, the author has said nothing. It's almost impressive the way he skirts around meaning, as if this were a poststructuralist event rather than an actual book, an ironic appropriation of the conventions of meaningless claptrap, rather than a straightforward academic text.

Obfuscation and stylistics aside, Bongie makes several fairly obvious points and argues them in the usual way. The book is by turns boring and pompous, self-satisfied and well-researched. It will give you quotes for your term paper. You will think you seem smart pretending to 'get' it, and you will be very happy to put the thing down...
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