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The Booker Prize and the Legacy of Empire
The Booker Prize and the Legacy of Empire | Luke Strongman
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This book is about the Booker Prize the London-based literary award made annually to the best novel written in English by a writer from one of those countries belonging to, or formerly part of, the British Commonwealth. The approach to the Prize is thematically historical and spans the award period to 1999. The novels that have won or shared the Prize in this period are examined within a theoretical framework mapping the literary terrain of the fiction. Individual chapters explore themes that occur within the larger narrative formed by this body of novels - collectively invoked cultures, social trends and movements spanning the stages of imperial heyday and decline as perceived over the past three decades. Individually and collectively, the novels mirror, often in terms of more than a single static image, British imperial culture after empire, contesting and reinterpreting perceptions of the historical moment of the British Empire and its legacy in contemporary culture.The body of Booker novels narrates the demise of empire and the emergence of different cultural formations in its aftermath. The novels are grouped for discussion according to the way in which they deal with aspects of the transition from empire to a post-imperial culture - from early imperial expansion, through colonization, retrenchment, decolonization and postcolonial pessimism, to the emergence of tribal nationalisms and post-imperial nation-states. The focus throughout is primarily literary and contingently cultural.
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Just a heads up ?????TheBookPeople.co.uk are offering a #BookerBundle ?All 6 shortlisted novels for Qc.99

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Another reason to wish I lived in the UK. 2w
Cinfhen They ship internationally @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it‘s free in the UK but was only Qc to ship all 6 books to Israel!!! Just not sure how long it‘s going to take? 2w
RachelO Well now! 2w
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Cinfhen I had preordered The Testaments at the cost of $17.95 and I wanted to buy Ducks, Newsburyport (which was another $21.00) so I thought this bundle was already worth it @RachelO and I was able to cancel my preorder so the only book I‘ve already read & own is Orchestra of Minorities which I‘ll happily gift to a fellow Litten 2w
RachelO @Cinfhen @Cinfhen Fantastic find! I‘m going to have to investigate The Book People - don‘t think I‘ve ever used them before. 2w
Cinfhen I bought the #BookerBundle last year and I was very happy with the quality of the books and the efficiency of the service @RachelO 2w
TrishB That‘s mighty tempting... 2w
Cinfhen I was going to tag u @TrishB but that seemed unfair to tempt you!!! Glad u found this post on your own free will xx 2w
TrishB Lol 😁 I‘m just going to think about it! As I know as soon as the prize is announced they‘ll all be #99ponkindle 2w
Cinfhen Probably right @TrishB and you know I‘ll happily share ANY & ALL books with you 😘😘😘 2w
GuiltyFeat I just ordered the set and sent it to my sister-in-law in London. My wife will be there in a couple of weeks. The only slight glitch is she will have to shlep them all with her to LA before flying home to Israel. I may not have mentioned that they are all hardback books including one of over 1000 pages. #truelove 2w
Cinfhen #SaintRochelle ?? @GuiltyFeat I opted to pay Qc extra for international shipping ????hoping they arrive before 2020 Booker list is announced ? 2w
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There we go again. No longer the #manbooker but still the #bookerprize. This year‘s longlist looks really exciting I think!

LauraJ Oh no! More books to read 📚 2mo
Ruthiella I love book prize long lists! I‘ve only read two (both thanks to the TOB)🎈 2mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of these! But I own the Obioma book, so hopefully I‘ll get to that soonish 🤞 2mo
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Simona O yes, looks quite challenging! 2mo
jhod I think its a great list, though I'm scared about the doorstop! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m looking at that door step too ..... 1000 pages 2mo
AnneCecilie I haven‘t read any of these. So I‘ll start with the one I already own, Lanny. Then I‘ll see if my library has any of these. 2mo
jhod @Cathythoughts just read the goodreads reviews and they make me want to read it! 2mo
Cinfhen Need to investigate 🤓 2mo
Severnmeadows I thought Girl, Woman, Other was a brilliant book, I really enjoyed it. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Severnmeadows Thank you! It‘s one of the most appealing to me! 2mo
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