Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing reclaims the figure of E. M. Forster for a new generation of readers. It examines how writers from several postcolonial nations, including Britain, do not 'write back' to Forster antithetically but draw inspiration from his influential critique of Britain and the Empire. Through its wide-ranging exploration of selected fiction by Paul Scott, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nadine Gordimer, Michael Ondaatje, J. G. Farrell, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith, this book highlights the ways in which Forster's work encourages literary dialogue across historical, political and national barriers. The impact of Forster's homosexuality, humanism, modernism and liberalism in prominent postcolonial novels demonstrates the relevance of Forster's concerns to cultural conversations transcending their different locations. This is a unique and fresh addition to the changing field of postcolonial studies and offers new insight into the controversial relationship between colonial and postcolonial writing.