Landscapes of Hope Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America

ISBN-10: 0195332768
ISBN-13: 9780195332766
Edition: 2009
Authors: Dohra Ahmad
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List price: $78.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/2/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America examines anti-colonial discourse during the understudied but critical period before World War Two, with a specific focus on writers and activists based in the United States. Dohra Ahmad adds to the fields of American Studies, utopian studies, and postcolonial theory by situating this growing anti-colonial literature as part of an American utopian tradition. In the key early decades of the twentieth century, Ahmad shows, the intellectuals of the colonized world carried out the heady work of imagining independent states, often from a position of exile. Faced with that daunting task, many of them composed literary texts--novels, poems, contemplative essays--in order to conceptualize the new societies they sought. Beginning by exploring some of the conventions of American utopian fiction at the turn of the century, Landscapes of Hope goes on to show the surprising ways in which writers such as W.E B. Du Bois, Pauline Hopkins, Rabindranath Tagore, and Punjabi nationalist Lala Lajpat Rai appropriated and adapted those utopian conventions toward their own end of global colored emancipation.

Dohra Ahmad is a professor at St. John's University, where she teaches postcolonial literature. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Introduction: Real Networks and Imaginary Vistas
Developing Nations
Evolution:
Eugenics:
A Periodical Nation
Culture:
Nationalism:
Personification:
Transnationalism:
Worlds of Color
Resurrection:
Romance:
Rationalism:
Epilogue: Multicultural Utopia?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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