Caliban's Voice examines the ways in which post-colonial literatures have transformed English to redefine what we understand to be 'English Literature'. It investigates the importance of language learning in the imperial mission and the function of language in ideas of race and place. Using the figure of Caliban, Ashcroft weaves a consistent and resonant thread through his discussion of the post-colonial experience of life in the English language, and the power of its transformation into new and creative forms.
This book reads some of the classic anticolonial texts through the lens of feminist and queer analysis. By placing gender and sexuality at the center of the debate about the uses of Shakespeare for anticolonial purposes, Goldberg's work points to possibilities that might be articulated through the nexus of race and sexuality.