'Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum' edited by Ato Quayson and Ankhi Mukherjee publishes

Date Published: 13.11.2023

Within literary studies, the demonstrations following George Floyd's death in May 2020 accelerated the scrutiny of the literary curriculum, the need to diversify the curriculum, and the need to incorporate more Black writers. Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum edited by Ato Quayson, Stanford University, California, and Ankhi Mukherjee, Professor of English and World Literatures and Tutorial Fellow at Wadham, is a major collection that aims to address these issues from a global perspective.

An international team of leading scholars illustrate the necessity and advantages of reform from specific decolonial perspectives, with evidence-based arguments from classroom contexts, as well as establishing new critical agendas. The significance of Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum lies in the complete overhaul it proposes for the study of English literature. It reconnects English studies, the humanities, and the modern, international university to issues of racial and social justice. This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

'Decolonizing the English Literary Curriculum' will be the primer for English literary studies for many years to come.

Simon Gikandi - Class of 1943 University Professor of English, Princeton University