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Boehmer, Elleke 1961-

Works: 85 works in 378 publications in 5 languages and 13,668 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Literature  Fiction  History  Political fiction  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, edc, Publishing director
Classifications: PR9080, 820.99171241
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Elleke Boehmer
Colonial and postcolonial literature : migrant metaphors by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

39 editions published between 1955 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 2,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wole Soyinka, Peter Carey, Margaret Atwood, V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee - postcolonial writers from around the world now enjoy wide popularity. In this book, Elleke Boehmer looks challengingly at the history of such writing, how it developed and how it departs from writing in the Empire in the Victorian period. Throughout this literature key themes and images - journeying, loss, the search for community, the arrival of the stranger - are expanded and redefined. Boehmer discusses these with reference to a broad range of texts, from Trollope, Kipling, Orwell, D.H. Lawrence, and Katherine Mansfield, to authors as recent as Ben Okri and Michael Ondaatje, and the Aboriginal Australians Sally Morgan and Mudrooroo
Nelson Mandela : a very short introduction by Elleke Boehmer( )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set within a biographical frame, this book not only explores the great anti-apartheid leader's long and multi-faceted life, but also examines the way in which many different interconnected stories, histories, values, and symbols have combined to create the internationally recognized icon of freedom that we know today."--Jacket
Scouting for boys : a handbook for instruction in good citizenship by Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell Baden-Powell of Gilwell( )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A trained scout will see little signs and tracks, he puts them together in his mind and quickly reads a meaning from them. Tips on health and hygiene, and object lessons in woodcraft
Stories of women : gender and narrative in the postcolonial nation by Elleke Boehmer( )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why is the nation in a postcolonial world so often seen as a motherland? This pathbreaking study, Stories of women: Gender and narrative in the postcolonial nation, explores the perennially fascinating relationship between gender icons and foundational fictions of the nation in different postcolonial spaces." "The book will draw interest from readers and researchers of postcolonial, international and women's writing; of nation theory, colonial history and historiography; and of Indian, African, migrant and diasporic literatures."--Jacket
J.M. Coetzee in context and theory by Elleke Boehmer( )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nobel Laureate and the first author to win the Booker Prize twice, J.M. Coetzee is perhaps the world's leading living novelist writing in English. Including an international roster of world leading critics and novelists, and drawing on new research, this innovative book analyses the whole range of Coetzee's work, from his most recent novels through his memoirs and critical writing. It offers a range of perspectives on his relationship with the historical, political, cultural and social context of South Africa. It also contextualises Coetzee's work in relation to his literary influences, colonial and post-colonial history, the Holocaust and colonial genocides, the 'politics' and meaning of the Nobel prize in South Africa and Coetzee's very public move from South Africa to Australia. Including a major unpublished essay by leading South African novelist Andre Brink, this book offers the most up-to-date study of Coetzee's work currently available."--Jacket
Empire, the national, and the postcolonial, 1890-1920 : resistance in interaction by Elleke Boehmer( )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores some of the political cooperations and textual connections which linked anti-colonial, nationalist, and modernist groups and individuals in the empire in the years 1890-1920. By developing the key motifs of lateral interaction and colonial interdiscursivity. Boehmer builds a picture of the imperial world as an intricate network of surprising contacts and margin-to-margin interrelationships, and of modernism as a far more constellated cultural phenomenon than previously understood. Individual case studies consider Irish support for the Boers in 1899-1902, the path-breaking radical partnership of the Englishwoman Sister Nivedita and the Bengali extremist Aurobindo Ghose, Sol Plaatje's conflicted South African nationalism, and the cross-border, cosmopolitan involvements of W.B. Yeats, Rabindranath Tagore, and Leonard Woolf. Underlining Frantz Fanon's perception that 'a colonized people is not alone', Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 questions prevailing postcolonial paradigms of the self-defining nation and post-1950s syncretism and mimiery, and dismantles still-dominant binary definitions of the colonial relationship."--Jacket
Empire writing : an anthology of colonial literature, 1870-1918 by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first anthology to gather together British imperial writing alongside native and settler literature in English, interweaving short stories, poems, essays, travel writing, and memoirs from the phase of British expansionist imperialism known as high empire. A rich and startling diversity of responses to the colonial experience emerges: voices of imperial adventurers, administrators, memsahibs, propagandists, and poets intermingle with West Indian and South African nationalists, Indian mystics, Creole balladeers, women activists, and native interpreters." "Drawn from India, Africa, the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, and Britain, this wide-ranging selection embraces some of empire's key symbols and emblematic moments as well as challenging accepted categories and definitions."--Jacket
The postcolonial Low Countries : literature, colonialism, and multiculturalism by Elleke Boehmer( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<Span style="font-style:italic;">The Postcolonial Low Countries is the first book to bring together critical and comparative approaches to the emergent field of neerlandophone postcolonial studies. The collection of essays ranges across the cultures and literatures of the Netherlands and Belgium and establishes an encounter between postcolonial theoretical discourses from both within and without the region. Each one of the contributions puts under pressure the definitive concepts of postcolonial studies in its more conventional anglophone or francophone formation, as well as perceptions of the Low Countries, Belgium and the Netherlands, as lying outside or to the side of the postcolonial domain. <br /> <br /> In the Low Countries, local and regional issues concerning multiculturalism and colonial belatedness have raised important questions about the possible grounds on which postcolonial critical concepts might be not only translated but also generated afresh, to suit these paradoxically new contexts. As <span style="font-style:italic;">The Postcolonial Low Countries incisively demonstrates, the Low Countries demand a careful rearticulation of such postcolonial 'readymades' as hybridity, accommodation and creolization. <br /> <br /> Gathering together contributions from both internationally renowned scholars and newly established researchers in the field, <span style="font-style:italic;">The Postcolonial Low Countries maps previously underexplored national and transnational literary critical trajectories. The book challenges in boundary shifting ways current readings of the so-described multicultural and postcolonial Netherlands and Belgium. <br /> <br />
Terror and the postcolonial : a concise companion by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

40 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Terror and the Postcolonial' is a major new comparative study of terrorism and its representations in postcolonial theory, literature, and culture
The Indian postcolonial : a critical reader by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"India has often been at the centre of debates on and definitions of the postcolonial condition. Offering a challenging new direction for the field, this Critical Reader confronts how theory in the Indian context is responding in vital terms to our understanding of that condition today. The Indian Postcolonial: A Critical Reader is made up of four sections looking in turn at: visual cultures; translating cultural traditions; the ethical text; global/cosmopolitan worlds. Each section is prefaced with a short introduction by the editors that locate these interdisciplinary articles within the contemporary national and international context. Showcasing the diversity and vitality of current debate, this volume collects the work of both established figures and a new generation of cultural critics. Challenging and unsettling many basic premises of postcolonial studies, this volume is the ideal Reader for students and scholars of the Indian Postcolonial."--Publisher's description
The global histories of books : methods and practices by Elleke Boehmer( )

17 editions published in 2017 in English and German and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection is an edited volume of essays that showcases how books played a crucial role in making and materialising histories of travel, scientific exchanges, translation, and global markets from the late-eighteenth century to the present. While existing book historical practice is overly dependent on models of the local and the national, we suggest that approaching the book as a cross-region, travelling ? and therefore global- object offers new approaches and methodologies for a study in global perspective. By thus studying the book in its transnational and inter-imperial, textual, inter-textual and material dimensions, this collection will highlight its key role in making possible a global imagination, shaped by networks of print material, readers, publishers and translators
Indian arrivals, 1870-1915 : networks of British empire by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title explores the rich and complicated landscape of intercultural contact between Indians and Britons on British soil at the height of empire, as reflected in a range of literary writing, including poetry and travel writing. The book's four decade-based case studies, leading from 1870 and the opening of the Suez Canal to the first years of the Great War, investigate from several different textual and cultural angles the central place of India in the British metropolitan imagination at this relatively early stage for Indian migration and intercultural exchange
The shouting in the dark by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2019 in English and Dutch and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ella is locked in a battle for creative survival with her domineering father, and apartheid South Africa, the troubled country in which he passionately believes. Whilst seeking political refuge in Europe Ella makes an unexpected discovery that forces her to confront both her father's war ghosts and the shape of her own future. In the country of his birth, her father, Ella finds, never officially recognized her existence. Boehmer has written a raw, intense and involving story." (publisher)
Approaches to Teaching Coetzee's Disgrace and Other Works( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Altered state? : writing and South Africa( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nile baby by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nile Baby is an imaginatively daring story with a universal appeal, about two young friends - Alice Brass Khan and Arnie Binns, both twelve, both pre-teen misfits - who discover a ninety-year-old foetus specimen in the laboratory storeroom of their school and set out on two very different journeys to return it to its rightful home. Their journeys lead them to discover not only their absent fathers but also other buried and surprising roots. Close to the River Thames and not far from Heathrow Airport, the two friends reunite to find at the end of their adventure that their foetus-creature will finally insist on its own manner of leaving them." "With its resonances of Conrad and Achebe, Nile Baby will appeal to all readers and students of African fiction, and all those interested in representations of Africa both at home and abroad."--BOOK JACKET
Screens against the sky by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Swedish and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bloodlines by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is the early 1990s, the dying days of apartheid, and in a Natal beachfront supermarket a bomb explodes, killing six people. Anthea Hardy, a white journalist who loses her boyfriend in this bombing, is shocked into confronting the personal effects of political violence" -- Back cover
An immaculate figure by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Postcolonial poetics : 21st-century critical readings by Elleke Boehmer( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Postcolonial Poetics is about how we read postcolonial and world literatures today, and about how the structures of that writing shape our reading. The book's eight chapters explore the ways in which postcolonial writing in English from various 21st-century contexts, including southern and West Africa, and Black and Asian Britain, interacts with our imaginative understanding of the world. Throughout, the focus is on reading practices, where reading is taken as an inventive, border-traversing activity, one that postcolonial writing with its interests in margins, intersections, subversions, and crossings specifically encourages. This close, sustained focus on reading, reception, and literariness is an outstanding feature of the study, as is its wide generic range, embracing poetry, essays, and life-writing, as well as fiction. The field-defining scholar Elleke Boehmer holds that literature has the capacity to keep reimagining and refreshing how we understand ourselves in relation to the world and to some of the most pressing questions of our time, including resistance, reconciliation, survival after terror, and migration
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Colonial and postcolonial literature : migrant metaphors
Nelson Mandela : a very short introductionScouting for boys : a handbook for instruction in good citizenshipStories of women : gender and narrative in the postcolonial nationJ.M. Coetzee in context and theoryEmpire, the national, and the postcolonial, 1890-1920 : resistance in interactionEmpire writing : an anthology of colonial literature, 1870-1918Terror and the postcolonial : a concise companionThe Indian postcolonial : a critical reader
Alternative Names
Elleke Boehmer British literary critic

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