[ilds] hyphens and posts...

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Mon Jul 9 15:49:00 PDT 2007

What is it when there is only the hyphen and nothing on either side, 
thus:  -   ?

On Monday, July 9, 2007, at 08:56  pm, Pamela Francis wrote:

> Bill had recently asked about the hyphen which is sometimes and 
> sometimes
> not employed in the term postcolonial.  There are pages and pages 
> written
> about this, but in short, the word WITH the hyphen, that is, 
> post-colonial,
> generally refers to the actual literature coming from formerly 
> colonized
> nations.  For instance, Arundhati Roy, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi, etc., are
> considered post-colonial writers.  However, without the hyphen it 
> refers to
> the MUCH larger area of discussion surrounding issues of Empire,
> decolonization, race, neocolonization, gender, etc. and so forth, all 
> of
> which, according to most contributors on this list serve, seem not to 
> have
> any relation to literature worth discussing...
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