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November 2023
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George Floyd's death on May 25th 2020 marked a watershed in reactions to anti-Black racism in the United States and elsewhere. Intense demonstrations around the world followed. Within literary studies, the demonstrations accelerated the scrutiny of the literary curriculum, the need to diversify the curriculum, and the need to incorporate more Black writers. Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum is a major collection that aims to address these issues from a global perspective. An international team of leading scholars illustrate the necessity and advantages of reform from specific decolonial perspectives, with evidence-based arguments from classroom contexts, as well as establishing new critical agendas. The significance of Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum lies in the complete overhaul it proposes for the study of English literature. It reconnects English studies, the humanities, and the modern, international university to issues of racial and social justice. This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


‘Broad in its geographical and historical scope and drawing on the expertise of scholars from all the continents, Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum will be the primer for English literary studies for many years to come. The book stands out for its diversity of perspectives, its expansive understanding of different forms of decoloniality, and its range of critical references.’

Simon Gikandi - Class of 1943 University Professor of English, Princeton University

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  • Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum
    pp i-ii
  • Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vii
  • Contributors
    pp viii-ix
  • Acknowledgments
    pp x-x
  • Introduction
    pp 1-20
  • Part I - Identities
    pp 21-146
  • Chapter 1 - Decolonizing the University
    pp 23-41
  • Chapter 2 - Decolonizing the English Department in Ireland
    pp 42-59
  • Chapter 4 - Decolonizing Literary Pedagogies in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
    pp 80-109
  • Chapter 5 - Genders, Sexualities, and Decolonial Methodologies
    pp 110-126
  • Chapter 6 - Black British Literature Decolonizing the Curriculum
    pp 127-146
  • Part II - Methodologies
    pp 147-280
  • Chapter 7 - Theories of Anthologizing and Decolonization
    pp 149-166
  • Chapter 8 - Confabulation as Decolonial Pedagogy in Singapore Literature
    pp 167-184
  • Chapter 9 - Marxism, Postcolonialism, and the Decolonization of Literary Studies
    pp 185-199
  • Chapter 10 - Against Ethnography
    pp 200-213
  • On Teaching Minority Literature
  • Chapter 13 - Reading for Justice
    pp 256-280
  • On the Pleasures and Pitfalls of a Decolonizing Pedagogy
  • Part III - Interdisciplinarity and Literary Studies
    pp 281-346
  • Chapter 14 - Literature, Human Rights Law, and the Return of Decolonization
    pp 283-299
  • Chapter 15 - Decolonizing Literary Interpretation through Disability
    pp 300-314
  • Chapter 16 - Decolonizing the Bible as Literature
    pp 315-330
  • Chapter 17 - Decolonizing Literature
    pp 331-346
  • A History of Medicine Perspective
  • Part IV - Canon Revisions
    pp 347-505
  • Chapter 18 - Decolonizing the Medieval Literary Curriculum
    pp 349-366
  • Chapter 19 - The Decolonial Imaginary of Borderlands Shakespeare
    pp 367-385

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