Scholarly Works

Here you will find a regularly updated list of recent scholarship on postcolonial print cultures.

Brouillette, Sarah and David Finkelstein, editors. “Postcolonial Print Cultures.” Spec. issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature vol. 48, issue 1, 2013.

Halim, Hala, editor. “Literature and Journalism.” Spec. issue of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, vol. 37, 2017.

Horta, Paulo Lemos. Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights. Harvard University Press, 2017. Marvellous Thieves recovers the cross-cultural encounters—the collaborations, borrowings, and acts of literary larceny—that produced the Arabian Nights in European languages.

Nerlekar, Anjali. Bombay Modern: Arun Kolatkar and Bilingual Literary Culture. Northwestern University Press, 2016.

—. Bombay Modern: Arun Kolatkar and Bilingual Literary Culture. Speaking Tiger Books, 2017. (Indian edition) Bombay Modern is a close reading of Arun Kolatkar’s canonical poetic works that relocates the genre of poetry to the center of both Indian literary modernist studies and postcolonial Indian studies.

Nerlekar, Anjali and Laetitia Zecchini, editors. “The Worlds of Bombay Poetry.” Spec. double issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vols. 53.1 & 2, 2017.

Newell, Stephanie. Ghanaian Popular Fiction: ‘Thrilling Discoveries in Conjugal Life’ and Other Tales. Oxford and Ohio: James Currey and Ohio University Press, 2000.
.Literary Culture in Colonial Ghana. Manchester and Indiana: Manchester U. P. and Indiana U.P, 2002.
—.The Power to Name: A History of Anonymity in Colonial West Africa. Ohio University Press, October 2013
—.”Popular Culture and Postcolonial Literary Production: Popular Writing in Africa,” The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, ed. Ato Quayson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 1006-23.
—. “Articulating Empire: Newspaper Readerships in Colonial West Africa,” New Formations, Vol. 73, pp.26-42, 2011.

Peterson, Derek P., Emma Hunter, and Stephanie Newell, editors. African Print CulturesUniversity of Michigan Press, 2016. This inaugural volume in the African Perspectives series features the work of new and well-established scholars on the diversity and heterogeneity of African newspapers published from 1880 through the present.

Zecchini, Laetitia. Arun Kolatkar and Literary Modernism in India, Moving Lines, New Delhi, London, New York : Bloomsbury, 2014 (paperback 2016).

—. “Translation as Literary Activism : On Invisibility and Exposure, Arun Kolatkar and the Little Magazine ’Conspiracy’”, in Literary Activism : A symposium, ed. Amit Chaudhuri, Oxford University Press/Boiler House Press, 2017, pp. 25-55.