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Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature

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Via readings of novels by J.M. Coetzee, Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie and the later poetry of W.B. Yeats, this book reveals how postcolonial writing can encourage the enlarged sense of moral and political responsibility needed to supplant ongoing forms of imperial violence with cosmopolitan institutions, relationships and ways of thinking.

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Via readings of novels by J.M. Coetzee, Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie and the later poetry of W.B. Yeats, this book reveals how postcolonial writing can encourage the enlarged sense of moral and political responsibility needed to supplant ongoing forms of imperial violence with cosmopolitan institutions, relationships and ways of thinking.

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"This is an exciting and important new work in the field of postcolonial studies, one that is able to offer a significant intervention in ongoing debates around the idea of 'cosmopolitanism.'  It has an extremely strong sense of the field and the work that has already been done on the topic and a very clear sense of its own relationship to that work."—Priyamvada Gopal, University Senior Lecturer in English, University of Cambridge, UK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230231665
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT SPENCER is Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of numerous articles on African fiction, Palestinian literature, postcolonial theory and the work of Edward Said. This is his first book. 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Sound Upon Silence
Competing Cosmopolitanisms
Cosmopolitan Criticism 
Late Yeats: 'Beating upon the Wall of the Irish Free State'
J.M. Coetzee and the 'War on Terror'
Refuse to Choose, or, How to Read The Satanic Verses
'Listening for the Echo': Representation and Resistance in Timothy Mo's The Redundancy of Courage
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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