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Commonwealth of LettersBritish Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics$
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Peter J. Kalliney

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977970.001.0001

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Postcolonial Writing or Global Literature in English?

(p.245) Conclusion
Commonwealth of Letters

Peter J. Kalliney

Oxford University Press

The conclusion contrasts two literary institutions - the Booker Prize and the Caribbean Artists Movement - to reflect on the difference between postcolonial literature and global literature in English. There are fine but important differences between these two categories, most noticeable in the types of cultural institutions associated with them. Both the Caribbean Artists Movement and the Booker Prize emerged in the late-1960s, attempting to capitalize on the surge of interest in writing from former British colonies. Their different methods of promoting their interests, this chapter argues, can tell us a great deal about the ultimate fate of modernist writing in the contemporary era.

Keywords:   Postcolonial Literature, Globalization, Transnational Literature, Booker Prize, Caribbean Artists Movement

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