Postcolonial Theory and Criticism

March 2000
168 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Essays and Studies
ISBN: 9780859915540
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
BISAC LIT004020, LIT006000

Postcolonial Theory and Criticism

Edited by Laura Chrisman, Benita Parry

Articles on the historical, social and political realities of postcolonialism as expressed in contemporary writing.
Contemporary postcolonial studies represent a controversial area of debate. This collection seeks a more pragmatic approach to the subject, taking into account its historical, social and political realities, rather than ignoring a consideration of material conditions. The contributors look at the oppositional power held and exercised by anti-colonial movements, a neglected topic; address the literary strategies devised by metropolitan writers to contain the insecurities of empire, given that unrest and opposition were integral to British imperialism; contest the charges of nativism and essentialism made by postcolonial critics against liberation writings; and investigate the voices of both inhabitants of post-independence nation states, and those scattered by colonialism itself.

Dr LAURA CHRISMAN teaches at Sussex University; BENITA PARRY is Honorary Professor at Warwick University.

Contributors: Vilashini Cooppan, Fernando Coronil, Gautam Premnath, Ato Quayson, Tim Watson, Lawrence Phillips, Sukhdev Sandhu

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Table of Contents

W(h)ither Post-Colonial Studies? Towards the Transnational Study of Race and Nation - Vilashini Cooppan
Listening to the Subaltern: Postcolonial Studies and the Poetics of Neocolonial States - Fernando Coronil
Remembering Fanon, Decolonizing Diaspora - Gautam Premnath
Instrumental and Synoptic Dimensions of Interdisciplinarity in Postcolonial Studies -
Indian and Irish Unrest in Kipling's Kim - Tim Watson
The Canker of Empire: Colonialism, Autobiography and the Representation of Illness: Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson in the Marquesasin the Marquesas - Lawrence Phillips
Pop Goes the Centre: Hanif Kureishi's London - Sukhdev Sandhu

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