Nationalism, Colonialism, and Literature

Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Edward W. Said

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The three essays constituting this volume were originally published as individual pamphlets by the Field Day Theatre Company, in Derry, Northern Ireland. Each deals with the question of nationalism and the role of cultural production as a force in understanding and analyzing the aftermath of colonization. The authors' diverse perspectives are demonstrated by the essays' respective titles: Eagleton, Nationalism: Irony and Commitment; Jameson, Modernism and Imperialism; and Said, Yeats and Decolonization. The essays have implication beyond their immediate topics, bearing upon questions of feminism, decolonization, and modernism to illuminate problems that belong to other groups and regions.

"Unlike the more usual type of 'foreign expert' invited in by the native middle-class to do for its members what they cannot do for themselves, these men have been more concerned to learn than to preach." —Declan Kiberd, Irish Times
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