The essays in this anthology, a representative selection of papers presented at a seminar on Commonwealth literature, explore the many issues raised by the phrase Commonwealth Writing. Among the topics discussed are the nature and validity of the rubric Commonwealth Writing, the emotional or political justification for using a foreign language for creative purposes and the problems faced by Third World writers in reaching readers. The essays cover a wide geographic expanse, from Australia through India and Africa to Canada and the West Inches. Prominent writers such as Naipaul, Achebe and Walcott, as well, as not-so-famous writers who have contributed in significant ways come in for a share of the discussion. The anthology marks a valuable addition to the emerging body of critical commentary on Commonwealth Writing and is important reading for all those interested in the subject.
Niaz Zaman has edited several anthologies, including Selected Stories from Bangladesh, 1971 and After, The Escape and Other Stories. Her study of the Partition, A Divided Legacy: The Partition in Selected Novels of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, won the Atwar Hussain Award of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and the National Archives Award. She was consulting editor, Arts and Humanities for Banglapedia and editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies.