A Companion to Postcolonial Studies by Henry Schwarz, Sangeeta Ray

By Henry Schwarz, Sangeeta Ray

This quantity examines the tumultuous adjustments that experience happened and are nonetheless happening within the aftermath of ecu colonization of the globe from 1492 to 1947.

  • Ranges largely over the foremost subject matters, areas, theories and practices of postcolonial study
  • Presents unique essays through the major proponents of postcolonial research within the Americas, Europe, India, Africa, East and West Asia
  • Provides transparent introductions to the main social and political routine underlying colonization and decolonization, obtainable histories of the literature and tradition, and separate areas stricken by ecu colonization
  • Features introductory essays at the significant thinkers and highbrow faculties that experience trained ideas of nationwide liberation worldwide
  • Offers an incisive precis of the lengthy historical past and idea of contemporary eu colonization in neighborhood aspect and international scale

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This combination of contemporary celebrity with deep culturalist associations makes the Third World or postcolonial writer vastly overinflated as representative of his or her putative reality. Postcolonial studies only suffers by this reification of the Western craze for otherness. These difficulties have given us great insights into producing this book. While we too have doubts about the dangers of exceptionalism and celebrity, the continuation of neocolonialism and the postmodern fetishization of otherness, we find it rewarding to call attention to both the efflorescence of work calling itself postcolonial and the institutional rise of postcolonial studies within the US, and to place those events within a global context.

Imperialism, colonialism, and postcolonialism are, in variant but broadly overlapping ways, things done to, said of, opposed, or embraced by nations. In relation to both imperialism and colonialism, the nation becomes an object or a projected space of emancipation – although, as I shall discuss below, as part of ultimately divergent emancipatory projects. And it is in relation to this nation as a “liberated territory,” real or imagined, that the mimetic, narrative, obliquely ideological operations of literature and culture can now be fairly rigorously analyzed and classified.

Editing a large collection such as this always carries risks and limitations; some planned essays are never written, and other contributors produce work that changes the original plan. Some readers will be disappointed to find that certain locations are not covered, or are covered in ways they do not agree with. Nonetheless, as scholars located in the US, and drawing from contributors whose experience is largely US-bound, we felt compelled to chart the dimensions of this field within our local institutions.

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