This book analyses black Atlantic studies, colonial discourse analysis and postcolonial theory, providing paradigms for understanding imperial literature, Englishness and black transnationalism. Its concerns range from the metropolitan centre of Conrad's Heart of Darkness to fatherhood in Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk; from the marketing of South African literature to cosmopolitanism in Achebe; and from utopian discourse in Parry to Jameson's theorisation of empire.
This book has evolved over nine years. The year 1993 saw the publication
of my co-edited Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory: A Reader,
which was the first anthology of postcolonial cultural studies to appear in
print.1 Since then the field has rapidly expanded into a major academic
industry.2 Diaspora studies, blackAtlanticstudies, transnational studies,
globalisation studies, comparative empire studies have emerged alongside
and within the original field. My responses to the field’s developments