A Companion to Postcolonial Studies: A Historical Introduction / Edition 1

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This volume examines the tumultuous changes that have occurred and are still occurring in the aftermath of European colonization of the globe from 1492 to 1947.

  • Ranges widely over the major themes, regions, theories and practices of postcolonial study
  • Presents original essays by the leading proponents of postcolonial study in the Americas, Europe, India, Africa, East and West Asia
  • Provides clear introductions to the major social and political movements underlying colonization and decolonization, accessible histories of the literature and culture, and separate regions affected by European colonization
  • Features introductory essays on the major thinkers and intellectual schools that have informed strategies of national liberation worldwide
  • Offers an incisive summary of the long history and theory of modern European colonization in local detail and global scale
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"The present volume is one of the largest and most intellectually ambitious collections of essays to emerge in the past decade. Highly recommended, upper-division undergraduates and above in social science and humanities." (Choice)
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Meet the Author

Henry Schwarz is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, He is author of Writing Cultural History in Colonial and Postcolonial India (1997) and co-editor of Reading the Shape of the World: Toward an International Cultural Studies (1996) and Contributions to Bengal Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Approach (1998). He has published in literary theory, cultural studies, Indian literature, and English imperialism. He is currently US Regional Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

Sangeeta Ray is currently the Director of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Maryland as well as Associate Professor in the English Department. She has published extensively on feminist postcolonial issues. She is author of En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives (1999).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Foreword: Upon Reading the Companion to Postcolonial Studies xv
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Acknowledgments xxiii

Mission Impossible: Introducing Postcolonial Studies in the US Academy 1
Henry Schwarz

Part I: Historical and Theoretical Issues 21

1 Imperialism, Colonialism, Postcolonialism 23
Neil Larsen

2 Postcolonial Feminism/Postcolonialism and Feminism 53
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan and You-me Park

3 Heterogeneity and Hybridity: Colonial Legacy, Postcolonial Heresy 72
David Theo Goldberg

4 Postcolonialism and Postmodernism 87
Ato Quayson

5 Postcolonial Studies in the House of US Multiculturalism 112
Jenny Sharpe

6 Global Capital and Transnationalism 126
Crystal Bartolovich

Part II: The Local and the Global 163

7 A Vindication of Double Consciousness 165
Doris Sommer

8 Human Understanding and (Latin) American Interests – The Politics and Sensibilities of Geohistorical Locations 180
Walter D. Mignolo

9 US Imperialism: Global Dominance without Colonies 203
Donald E. Pease

10 Indigenousness and Indigeneity 221
Jace Weaver

11 Creolization, Orality, and Nation Language in the Caribbean 236
Supriya Nair

12 “Middle-class” Consciousness and Patriotic Literature in South Asia 252
Sumit Sarkar

13 Africa: Varied Colonial Legacies 269
Tejumola Olaniyan

14 The “Middle East”? Or . . . /Arabic Literature and the Postcolonial Predicament 282
Magda M. Al-Nowaihi

15 King Kong in Hong Kong: Watching the “Handover” from the USA 304
Rey Chow

16 Japan and East Asia 319
Sandra Buckley

17 Intellectuals, Theosophy, and Failed Narratives of the Nation in Late Colonial Java 333
Laurie J. Sears

18 Settler Colonies 360
Anna Johnston and Alan Lawson

19 Ireland After History 377
David Lloyd

20 Global Disjunctures, Diasporic Differences, and the New World (Dis-)Order 396
Ali Behdad

21 Home, Homo, Hybrid: Translating Gender 410
Geeta Patel

Part III: The Inventiveness of Theory 429

22 Humanism in Question: Fanon and Said 431
Anthony C. Alessandrini

23 Spivak and Bhabha 451
Bart Moore-Gilbert

24 A Small History of Subaltern Studies 467
Dipesh Chakrabarty

25 Feminist Theory in Perspective 486
Ipshita Chanda

26 Global Gay Formations amd Local Homosexualities 508
Katie King

Part IV: Cultural Studies and the Accommodation of Postcolonialism 521

27 Rethinking English: Postcolonial English Studies 523
Gaurav Desai

28 Postcolonial Legality 540
Upendra Baxi

29 Race, Gender, Class, Postcolonialism: Toward a New Humanistic Paradigm? 556
Bruce Robbins

Postscript: Popular Perceptions of Postcolonial Studies after 9/11 574
Sangeeta Ray

Index 584

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