Colonialism/Postcolonialism / Edition 2

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Ania Loomba examines the key features of the ideologies and history of colonialism, and the relationship of colonial discourse to literature. She goes on to consider the challenges to colonialism, surveying anti-colonial discourses, and recent developments in postcolonial theories and histories. Looking at how sexuality is figured in the texts of colonialism, Colonialism/Postcolonialism shows how contemporary feminist ideas and concepts intersect with those of postcolonialist thought.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Colonialism/Postcolonialism is both a crystal-clear and authoritative introduction to the field and a cogently-argued defence of the field's radical potential. It's exactly the sort of book teachers want their students to read.' – Peter Hulme, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex, UK

'Loomba is a keen and canny critic of ever-shifting geopolitical realities, and Colonialism/Postcolonialism remains a primer for the academic and common reader alike.' – Antoinette Burton, Department of History, University of Illinois, USA

'It is rare to come across a book that can engage both student and specialist. Loomba simultaneously maps a field and contributes provocatively to key debates within it. Situated comparatively across disciplines and cultural contexts, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in postcolonial studies.' – Priyamvada Gopal, Faculty of English, Cambridge University, USA

'Colonialism/Postcolonialism moves adroitly between the general and the particular, the conceptual and the contextual, the local and the global, and between texts and material processes. Distrustful of established and self-perpetuating assumptions, foci and canonical texts which threaten to fossilize postcolonial studies as a discipline, Loomba's magisterial study raises many crucial issues pertaining to social structure and identity; engaging with different modes of theory and social explanation in the process. There is no doubt that this book remains the best general introduction to the field.' – Kelwyn Sole Professor, English Department, University of Cape Town

'Lucid and incisive this is a wonderful introduction to the contentious yet vibrant field of post-colonial studies. With consummate ease Loomba maps the field, unravels the many strands of the debate and provides a considered critique. She shows how post colonial theory forces us to reconsider some of our founding ideas, reorient our frames of enquiry, and rethink the very notion of colonialism. A must-read for everyone.' – Neeladri Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415350648
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: New Critical Idiom Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 612,258
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ania Loomba is Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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Table of Contents

1 Situating colonial and postcolonial studies 7
Defining the terms : colonialism, imperialism, neo-colonialism, postcolonialism 7
From colonialism to colonial discourse 22
Colonial discourse 42
Colonialism and knowledge 53
Colonialism and literature 62
Textuality, discourse and material processes 82
2 Colonial and postcolonial identities 91
Constructing racial and cultural difference 91
Race, class and colonialism 107
Psychoanalysis and colonial subjects 115
Gender, sexuality and colonial discourse 128
Hybridity 145
3 Challenging colonialism 154
Nationalisms and pan-nationalisms 154
Feminism, nationalism and postcolonialism 180
Can the subaltern speak? 192
Post-modernism and postcolonial studies 204
Conclusion : globalisation and the future of postcolonial studies 213
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