Post-Colonial Studies Reader

ISBN-10: 0415096227
ISBN-13: 9780415096225
Edition: 1995
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Description: The Post-Colonial Studies Readeris the most comprehensive selection of key texts in post-colonial theory and criticism yet compiled. This collection covers a huge range of topics, featuring nearly ninety of the discipline's most widely read works.   More...

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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/20/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

The Post-Colonial Studies Readeris the most comprehensive selection of key texts in post-colonial theory and criticism yet compiled. This collection covers a huge range of topics, featuring nearly ninety of the discipline's most widely read works. TheReader's90 extracts are designed to introduce the major issues and debates in the field of post-colonial literary studies. This field itself, however, has become so varied that no collection of readings could encompass every voice which is now giving itself the name "post-colonial." The editors, in order to avoid a volume which is simply a critical canon, have selected works representing arguments with which they do not necessarily agree, but rather which above all stimulate discussion, thought and further exploration. Post-colonial "theory" has occurred in all societies into which the imperial force of Europe has intruded, though not always in the official form oftheoretical text. Like the description of any other field the term has come to mean many things, but this volume hinges on one incontestable phenomenon: the "historical fact"of colonialism, and the palpable consequences to which this phenomenon gave rise. The topic involves talk about experience of various kinds: migration, slavery, suppression, resistance, representation, difference, race, gender, place, and reaction to the European influence, and about the fundamental experiences of speaking and writing by which all these come into being. In compiling this reader, the editors have sought to stimulate people to ask: "How might a genuinely post-colonial literary enterprise proceed?" The fourteen sections include: Issues and Debates; Universality and Difference; Textual Representation and Resistance; Postmodernism and Post-Colonialism; Nationalism; Hybridity; Ethnicity and Indigenity; Feminism and Post-Colonialism; Language; The Body and Performance; History; Place; Education; and Production andConsumption. Contributors include many of the leading post-colonial theorists and critics--such as Franz Fanon, Chinua Achebe, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Homi Bhabba, Derek Walcott, Edward Said, and Trinh T. Minh-ha--in addition to a number of the discourse's newer voices.The Post-Colonial Studies Readerwill prove an authoritative compilation, representing an invaluable contribution to the study of post-colonial theory and criticism.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
General Introduction
The Occasion for Speaking
The Economy of Manichean Allegory
Can the Subaltern Speak?
Signs Taken for Wonders
Problems in Current Theories of Colonial Discourse
The Scramble for Post-colonialism
Colonialist Criticism
Heroic Ethnocentrism: The Idea of Universality in Literature
Entering Our Own Ignorance: Subject-Object Relations in Commonwealth Literature
Western Mathematics: The Secret Weapon of Cultural Imperialism
Jameson's Rhetoric of Otherness and the 'National Allegory'
Orientalism
A Small Place
Post-colonial Literatures and Counter-discourse
Figures of Colonial Resistance
Unsettling the Empire: Resistance Theory for the Second World
The Rhetoric of English India
The Postcolonial and the Postmodern
Postmodernism or Post-colonialism Today
Circling the Downspout of Empire
The White Inuit Speaks: Contamination as Literary Strategy
The Politics of the Possible
National Culture
Fanon, Cabral and Ngugi on National Liberation
Nationalism as a Problem
The Discovery of Nationality in Australian and Canadian Literatures
The National Longing for Form
Dissemination: Time, Narrative, and the Margins of the Modern Nation
What Ish My Nation?
Fossil and Psyche
Named for Victoria, Queen of England
Of the Marvellous Realism of the Haitians
Marvellous Realism: The Way out of Negritude
Creolization in Jamaica
Cultural Diversity and Cultural Differences
No Master Territories
Who is Ethnic?
New Ethnicities
White Forms, Aboriginal Content
The Representation of the Indigene
The Myth of Authenticity
Who Can Write as Other?
First Things First: Problems of a Feminist Approach to African Literature
Decolonizing Culture: Toward a Theory for Post-colonial Women's Texts
Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses
Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism
Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism
Woman Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition
The Language of African Literature
The Alchemy of English
Language and Spirit
Constitutive Graphonomy
New Language, New World
Nation Language
Relexification
The Fact of Blackness
Jazz and the West Indian Novel
In Search of the Lost Body: Redefining the Subject in Caribbean Literature
The Body as Cultural Signifier
Dance, Movement and Resistance Politics
Feminism and the Colonial Body
Outlaws of the Text
Allegories of Atlas
Columbus and the Cannibals
The Muse of History
Spatial History
The Limbo Gateway
Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History
Unhiding the Hidden
Writing in Colonial Space
Naming Place
Decolonizing the Map
Aboriginal Place
Ecological Imperialism
Minute on Indian Education
The Beginnings of English Literary Study in British India
On the Abolition of the English Department
The Neocolonial Assumption in University Teaching of English
Ideology in the Classroom: A Case Study in the Teaching of English Literature in Canadian Universities
Education and Neocolonialism
The Race of Theory
The Historiography of African Literature Written in English
Singapore: Poet, Critic, Audience
Postcolonial Culture, Postimperial Criticism
The Book Today in Africa
Literary Colonialism: Books in the Third World
Bibliography
Index

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