Postcolonialism and Literature – Reading the others. Suggested readings

This is my last post on postcolonialism for the moment, so here you have the long-awaited and promised list of suggested works. Click on the titles to buy the books at Book Depository.

UPDATE: I will update this list with works I get to read in my courses.


Ten by Bernardine Evaristo
The Next Poems by Mutabaruka
Postcolonial Poetry in English


How to read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu (US migration)
Small Island by Andrea Levy
(Jamaica)     REVIEW
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (US racism)  REVIEW
The Constant Gardener by John LeCarré (Kenya)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe REVIEW
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid (West Indies)
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (West Indies)
Bless me Última by Rudolfo A. Anaya (Chicano/Mexican)
How the Garcia Girls lost their Accents by Julia Álvarez (Chicano/Mexican)
Crick Crack Monkey by Merle Hodge (West Indies)
The Secret River by Kate Grenville (Australia)
Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton (Australia)
Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones (South Pacific)


Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoo 


Orientalism by Edward W. Said SUMMARY
The Empire Writes Back by Various Authors
Beginning Postcolonialism by John McLeod
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Thanks everyone for coming and for your suggestions and opinions. Feel free to complete this list so other readers can enjoy your favourite works!



  • Jillian

    Thanks for putting this together, Elena, and for running the post-colonial series. I feel I’ve come away from it richer — and I’ll definitely be reading some of the above, as I get further into reading. Appreciate it! 🙂

  • Eva

    Lists are such fun! I hope my library has Crick Crack Money. Just fyi, Alvarez isn’t Mexican/Chicana! 🙂 She’s Dominican.

    • Elena

      Thanks Eva! I actually get very confused with both terms because my own teacher did not distinguish them properly. Also, this Mexian/Chicano literature is not my favourite field in the postcolonial studies, so sorry for the mistake.

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