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Equally suitable for undergraduates and specialists in the humanities, this collection provides an in-depth introduction to debates within post-colonial theory and criticism. The readings are drawn from a diverse selection of Third World and Western thinkers, both historical and contemporary. "Post-colonialism" is taken by the editors to include Third World and diasporic experience; like "colonialism," it is understood to contain a complex set of cultural, ethnographic, political, and economic processes and conflicts.

This volume explores such issues as the nature of colonized cultures and anti-colonial resistance; subaltern historiography; constructions of Western subjectivity, knowledge, and gender; the formation of post-colonial intellectuals; the metropolitan institutionalization of post-colonialism; neo-colonialism; and the nature of minority and post-colonial identity and discourse. One section is devoted to the application of theoretical formulations to cultural criticism, and contains a number of textual analyses. A general introduction to the volume as well as introductions to each section provide historical, theoretical, and poltical contexts for the readings. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography.

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A wide-ranging collection of texts, written between the 1950s and 1992, approaching post-colonialism from the perspective of cultural theory, and suggesting the full scope of the debates in the post- colonial area. The volume is divided into six sections: theorizing colonized cultures and anti-colonial resistance; theorizing the West; theorizing gender; theorizing post-coloniality--intellectuals and institutions; theorizing post-coloniality--discourse and identity; and reading from theory. Includes a substantial bibliography. Paper edition (unseen), $17.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231100205
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Williams is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature and Languages at Nottingham Trent University. Laura Chrisman is a Lecturer in English in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Theorising Colonised Cultures and Anti-Colonial ResistancePrefaceAcknowledgementsTheorising the WestColonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: An IntroductionTheorising GenderIntroductionTheorising Post-Coloniality: Intellectuals and InstitutionsNegridtude: A Humanism of the Twentieth Century, by Leopold Sedar SenghorTheorising Post-Coloniality: Discourse and IdentityOn National Culture, by Frantz FanonReading from TheoryNational Liberation and Culture, by Amilcar CabralCan the Subaltern Speak, by Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakRemembering Fanon: Self, Psyche and the Colonial Condition, by Homi BhabhaIntroductionFrom Orientalism, by Edward SaidOrientalism and Its Problems, by Dennis PorterOrientalism and After, by Aijaz AhmadFrom Discourse on Colonialism, by Aime CesaireFrom The Consequences of Modernity, by Anthony GiddensIntroductionUnder Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses, by Chandra Talpade MohantyThe Unspeakable Limits of Rape: Colonial Violence and Counter-Insurgency, by Jenny SharpeWoman Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition, by Sara SuleriSpeaking in Tongues: Dialogics, Dialectics and the Black Woman Writer's Literary Tradition, by Mae Gwendolyn HendersonIntroductionWhat is Post(-)colonialism, by Vijay Mishra and Bob HodgeThe Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term Post-colonialism, by Anne McClintockOverworlding the Third World, by Ania LoombaDisjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy, by Arjun AppaduraiTowards a Critical Theory of Third World Films, by Teshome H. GabrielBeyond Ethnocentrism : Gender, Power and the Third-World Intelligentsia, by Jean FrancoIntroductionIdentity and Its Discontents: Women and the Nation, by Deniz KandiyotiCultural Identity and Diaspora, by Stuart HallUrban Social Movements, Race and Community, by Paul GilroyPostmodern Blackness, by bell hooksThe African Writer and the English Language, by Chinua AchebeThe Language of African Literature, by Ngugi wa Thing'oIntroductionThe Construction of Woman in Three Popular Texts of Empire: Towards a Critique of Materialist Feminism, by Rosemary Hennessy and Rajeswari MohanKim and Orientalism, by Patrick WilliamsThe Imperial Unconscious? Representations of Imperial Discourse, by Laura ChrismanXala, Ousmane Sembene 1976: The Carapace That Failed, by Laura MulveyThe Empire Renarrated: Season of Migration to the North and the Reinvention of the Present, by Saree S. Makdisi, by Bibliography

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