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Postcolonial singularity and a world literature yet-to-come. / Burns, Lorna Margaret.

In: Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol. 20, No. 4, 27.10.2015, p. 243-259.

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Burns, LM 2015, 'Postcolonial singularity and a world literature yet-to-come', Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 243-259. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2015.1096650

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Burns, L. M. (2015). Postcolonial singularity and a world literature yet-to-come. Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 20(4), 243-259. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2015.1096650

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Burns LM. Postcolonial singularity and a world literature yet-to-come. Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. 2015 Oct 27;20(4):243-259. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2015.1096650

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Burns, Lorna Margaret. / Postcolonial singularity and a world literature yet-to-come. In: Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. 2015 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 243-259.

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