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Revised postcolonial musings

28 Dec

On my Angelfire site I have just had fun revising an item from my 2004 diary on Robinson Crusoe and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (London, Faber & Faber 1999)– the latter I really enjoyed, by the way. [They are now here on WordPress.]

Oh, and there are pics. Some of you might like them.

Related to which, one of my borrowings today from Surry Hills Library is Colonialism and Homosexuality by Robert Aldrich (a University of Sydney historian), London and New York: Routledge, 2003. One of the good things in History in recent years has been history from the margins, or “subaltern” history, which often throws new light on familiar people and events and/or unearths what has been buried. The flat earthists, John Howard for example, don’t like this. This book seems eminently readable and very interesting.

Other borrowings were: Reginald Hill, The Stranger House (2005) which refers to the forced emigration of children to Australia from England in the not too remote past; Jeanette Winterson, Weight (2005); Minette Walters, Disordered Minds (2003); and Lucius Shepherd, A Handbook of American Prayer (2004) which is not what the title suggests.

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Posted by on December 28, 2005 in book reviews, Crime and/or crime fiction, Fiction, History, immigration, literary theory/criticism, Postcolonial, Surry Hills

 

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