Island or Mainland -A Cartologist's Dilemma-

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Title
Island or Mainland -A Cartologist's Dilemma-
Author
氏名 Ronald D. Klein
ヨミ
別名
Subject
Cartologist
Dilemma
NDC
929
Abstract

Since the dissolution of the British Empire after World War II, an indigenous Englsih literature has emerged in all the former colonies. This "other" English literature poses some special problems for the literary critic and historian, especially so in Japan, where English literature has stayed fairly close to the traditional canon of British and American writers.
This paper will attempt to briefly outline several of the research problems one must address when studying this "other" English literature:
1. Definition and nomenclature -does the terminology being used to define the field accurately describe the territory?;
2. Identity of the participants-inconsistencies in using criteria of birth, nationality, ethnic orgin, residence, place of publication;
3. Rules of inclusion and acceptance-the issue of marginalization and its effects;
4. Library classification-differences among British, American and Japanese libraries and the inconsistency of NDC in cataloguing these writers.
Basic to the inquiry is whether this literature is an island, separate from but dependent on the mainland or part of the mainstream literature itself. A third possibility is that is represents an isthnus, a link between the Commonwealth cultures and mainstream English literature. This brief overview, points out some of the problems and inconsistencies in proceeding with research in this field.

Journal Title
広島女学院大学論集
Volume
46
Spage
41
Epage
53
Published Date
1996-12
Publisher
広島女学院大学
ISSN
03748057
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version
出版社版
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hju