Ch 12: Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature

About This Chapter

This chapter provides an overview of important postcolonial short stories. Complete the chapter's lessons and quizzes to boost your postcolonial literature knowledge for exams, essays, projects, homework and more.

Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature - Chapter Summary

Work through this comprehensive literature chapter to learn about significant postcolonial short stories and authors. Our expert instructors explain the characteristics of world and postcolonial literature. You can expect to study short stories from authors like Nadine Gordimer, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie and Janet Frame. When you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand key literary terms and concepts. The chapter's online format allows you to study postcolonial literature whenever you have free time, and you can reach out to our instructors online if you have any questions. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Evaluate the genres, trends and styles of world literature
  • Assess examples of postcolonial literature
  • Summarize post-colonial literature theory
  • Identify books and short stories written by author Nadine Gordimer
  • Summarize and analyze the stories ''Loot'' ''Dead Men's Path,'' ''In the South'' and ''Gorse is Not People''

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature
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World Literature: Genres, Styles & Trends

1. World Literature: Genres, Styles & Trends

Reading gives you the opportunity to experience different times and places. Contemporary world literature is especially helpful in this experience, particularly in giving readers the perspective of being a minority, non-westerner, or oppressed person.

Post-Colonialism in Literature: Definition, Theory & Examples

2. Post-Colonialism in Literature: Definition, Theory & Examples

Post-colonialism in literature includes the study of theory and literature as it relates to the colonizer-colonized experience. Edward Said is the leading theorist in this field, with Chinua Achebe being one of its leading authors.

Loot by Nadine Gordimer: Summary & Analysis

3. Loot by Nadine Gordimer: Summary & Analysis

You may have seen looting on television. It is the topic of Nadine Gordimer's short story, ''Loot.'' In this lesson, we'll examine this story and break down its multiple meanings.

Dead Men's Path by Chinua Achebe: Summary & Analysis

4. Dead Men's Path by Chinua Achebe: Summary & Analysis

Out with the old and in with the new? For the main character in ''Dead Men's Path,'' the answer is 'not so fast.' In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at the tale and examine the author's intent in writing it.

In the South by Salman Rushdie: Summary & Analysis

5. In the South by Salman Rushdie: Summary & Analysis

This lesson examines the short story ''In the South'' by British Indian author Salman Rushdie. We'll learn about the main characters and their tricky relationship. Then, we'll explore the themes and imagery in the story.

Gorse is Not People by Janet Frame: Summary & Analysis

6. Gorse is Not People by Janet Frame: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we summarize 'Gorse is Not People,' which is a short story by Janet Frame that was published in 'The New Yorker' posthumously. This is the story of a little person who has grown up in a mental institution.

Chapter Practice Exam
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