Beyond the Black Atlantic: Relocating Modernization and Technology

Beyond the Black Atlantic: Relocating Modernization and Technology

by Walter Goebel
     
 

Debates about the ‘Black Atlantic’ have alerted us to an experience of modernization that diverges from the dominant Western narratives of globalization and technological progress. This outstanding volume expands the concept of the Black Atlantic by reaching beyond the usual African-American focus of the field, presenting fresh perspectives on

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Debates about the ‘Black Atlantic’ have alerted us to an experience of modernization that diverges from the dominant Western narratives of globalization and technological progress. This outstanding volume expands the concept of the Black Atlantic by reaching beyond the usual African-American focus of the field, presenting fresh perspectives on postcolonial experiences of technology and modernization. A team of renowned contributors come together in this volume in order to:

  • redefine and expand ideas of Black Atlantic
  • challenge unified concepts of modernization from a postcolonial perspective
  • question fashionable concepts of the transnational by returning to the local and the national
  • offer new approaches to cross-cultural mechanisms of exchange
  • explore utopian uses of technology in the postcolonial sphere.

Exploring a variety of national, diasporan and transnational counternarratives to Western modernization, Beyond the Black Atlantic makes a valuable contribution to the fields of postcolonial, literary and cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415397971
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Negotiating African Modernities The Presence of the Past in Peripheral Modernities. Black Modernity, Nationalism and Transnationalism: The Challenge of Black South African Poetry. Failure to Connect – Resistant Modernities at National Crossroads: Solomon Plaatje and Mohandas Gandhi. Township Modernism Caribbean (in)Versions of Modernity. Ulysses and the Shape-Shifter: Caribbean Modernity in Pauline Melville’s Writings. V.S. Naipaul: The Limitations of Transnationalism and Technological Progress. Colonial Creations of the West The Technology of Publicity in the Atlantic Semi-Peripheries: Benjamin Franklin, Modernity, and the Nigerian Slave Trade. Spectrality’s Secret Sharers: Occultism as (Post)Colonial Affect. Peripheral Interpretations of Technology. Transitionality at Home and Abroad: Some Examples from India and its Virtual Diaspora. Technologies in Hanif Kureishi’s ‘The Body’. Travels in Technotopia: Modernization and Technology in Postcolonial Utopian and Dystopian Writing

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