Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

Migrant Metaphors

Elleke Boehmer



Colonial and Postcolonial Literature is the leading critical overview of and historical introduction to colonial and postcolonial literary studies. Highly praised from the time of its first publication for its lucidity, breadth, and insight, the book has itself played a crucial part in founding and shaping this rapidly expanding field. The author, an internationally renowned postcolonial critic, provides a broad contextualizing narrative about the evolution of colonial and postcolonial writing in English.


A sustained, intelligent and refreshingly sceptical discussion about what constitutes the focus of postcolonial literary studies.... This is an excellent introduction. - Times Higher Education Supplement


Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College.