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On Writing from a Postcolonial Perspective

"Ato Quayson defines the term postcolonialism as something that requires a careful consideration of the experiences of colonialism and its impact on both the colonists and the colonized. He adds that those aftereffects of empire include experiences such as slavery, migration, suppression and resistance, difference, race, gender, and place as well as responses to the discourses of imperial Europe such as history, philosophy, anthropology, and linguistics. ..." – By Sindiwe Magona

Early Modern Literature and Food in Britain

"Given how commonly food comes up in early modern writing, it is surprising that it is only in the early 21st century that it has become a serious topic for scholarly discussion. This interest apparently reflects the prevalent obsession with physical and psychological wellbeing as well as a familiarity with exotic cuisine unavailable to previous generations. ..." – By Joan Fitzpatrick

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