Claiming History: Colonialism, Ethnography, and the Novel

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Overview

— Simon Gikandi, author of Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism

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Editorial Reviews

Bruce Robbins
This is an extremely refreshing contribution to a much-plowed field. It answers a crying need in colonial and postcolonial studies for work of serious historical detail and nuance that is also theoretically and politically informed.
Simon Gikandi
A major and innovative intervention in the ongoing debate on the place of Africa­­and African writing­­in the shaping of colonial culture, on the relationship between ethnography and the institutions of the novel, and on the historical foundations of postcolonial identities and theories. With its wide comparative reach, this work is a vivid example of how crossing literary boundaries can move postcolonial and cultural studies to a new frontier in which history, ethnography, and literature are brought into a productive conversation . . . . a very influential book in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231113502
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/1998
  • Pages: 208

Meet the Author

Eleni Coundouriotis is assistant professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Traditional Cultures of Rene Maran and Chinua Achebe 21
2 History, Human Sacrifices, and the Victorian Travelers to Dahomey 45
3 Contesting Authenticity: Paul Hazoume, Ethnography, and Negritude 73
4 Resistant History in Paul Hazoume's Doguicimi 97
5 History as Transgression in Le Devoir de violence 116
6 Temporality and the Geographies of the Nation: "The Future Present" in The Famished Road 141
Afterword 165
Notes 173
Works Cited 193
Index 205
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