Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature [NOOK Book]

Overview

This book represents a new direction in postcolonial literary criticism that adds to the well-known narrative of what postcolonial criticism is, against an equally forceful account of what it is actually for. Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature shows how postcolonial literary texts, largely through the relationships that they engineer with their readers, can encourage dispositions and practices that deserve to be called cosmopolitan; that are characterised, in other words, by self-awareness, by a ...
See more details below
Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$95.00
BN.com price

Overview

This book represents a new direction in postcolonial literary criticism that adds to the well-known narrative of what postcolonial criticism is, against an equally forceful account of what it is actually for. Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature shows how postcolonial literary texts, largely through the relationships that they engineer with their readers, can encourage dispositions and practices that deserve to be called cosmopolitan; that are characterised, in other words, by self-awareness, by a penetrating sensitivity to the world beyond one's immediate milieu, and by an enlarged sense of moral and political responsibility. The book formulates and then demonstrates a new literary critical approach that is alert to the ways in which postcolonial writing makes available for scrutiny the durability of imperial violence as well as the latency and desirability of cosmopolitan alternatives. The task of the cosmopolitan critic is therefore, in Yeats's felicitous phrase, 'to hold in a single thought reality and justice'.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230311237
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 419 KB

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.
Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)