Ecological and Postcolonial Study of Literature: From Daniel Defoe to Salman Rushdie

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The Earth's land and its inhabitants are in jeopardy. Ecosystems are threatened in every corner of the world. Neocolonial forces define human relations increasingly in fundamentalist terms. Land settlement patterns formulated during the colonial era have left more and more people on today's planet without property, without the resources needed to sustain a livable existence, and with only a combative understanding of identity. This book argues that humanity's relationship to the land has undergone a fundamental ...

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The Earth's land and its inhabitants are in jeopardy. Ecosystems are threatened in every corner of the world. Neocolonial forces define human relations increasingly in fundamentalist terms. Land settlement patterns formulated during the colonial era have left more and more people on today's planet without property, without the resources needed to sustain a livable existence, and with only a combative understanding of identity. This book argues that humanity's relationship to the land has undergone a fundamental change, and reveals how the historical phenomenon known as the "enclosure movement" has come to have a profound effect on how we relate to the earth, and on how we conceive of ourselves as human beings. Analyzing narratives by Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, Salman Rushdie, and others, Marzec reveals the extent to which the legacy of enclosures continues to dictate the geopolitical reality of the present.

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"Marzec convincingly demonstrates that the impact of this history of the enclosure movement on British (and Western) humanity's ontological comportment toward the land and its understanding of inhabitancy was epochal in significance. This book should be considered in the top five most important studies on postcolonialism after Edward Said's Orientalism."--William V. Spanos, Binghamton University

"Theoretically sophisticated and historically sensitive, Marzec's study offers a rich geneological analysis of the postcolonial novel, and accounts for the ways in which this genre works across the asymmetries of the colonizer-colonized divide. A welcome addition to our postcolonial understanding of the ongoing complicity between culture and imperialism."--Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, University of California, Irvine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403976406
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/17/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert P. Marzec is Associate Professor of English literature, postcolonial studies, global studies, and contemporary criticism at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is currently at work on a second book project tentatively entitled Land and Empire: Literature in the Era of Globalization. He has had articles published in boundary 2, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, rhizomes, and Janus Head. He is also the editor of the book Regional American Cultures: the Mid-Atlantic States (2004).

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Enclosures, Colonization, and the Robinson Crusoe Syndrome: Notes toward an Ontology of Land     1
Introduction: The Robinson Crusoe Syndrome and the Enclosure Movement     1
Enclosures and Inhabitancy     8
Robinson Crusoe and the Tour     13
Conclusion-Global Enclosures     22
The Territorialization of Land     27
Imperialism and the Territorialization of Land: The Native Ground of Heidegger's "Earth"     30
Imperialism and the Deterritorialization of Land: Deleuze and Guattari's "Stockpiling"     37
Sticks of Mead: A Genealogy of Enclosures, the Open-Field System, and the Commons     42
Daniel Defoe and Arthur Young: The Panoptic "General View"     51
The Material Mechanism That Holds It All Together: Adam Naming the Land     65
Native Earth: The "Tenacious Cement"     71
Problematizing Enclosure in Eighteenth-Century English Literature     77
Introduction: The Landscape of Enclosure     77
Enclosure in Henry Fielding's Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews     86
Anchoring a Disciplinarity of the Land in Humphrey Clinker     100
Inhabiting Land in the Age of Empire: Twentieth-Century Literature     113
The Return of Native Earth: Thomas Hardy     113
Inhabiting the Land in D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow     123
A Land at War with the Human: Forster's Narratology of the Speculative in Howards End and A Passage to India     135
Nation and Nonnarration: Salman Rushdie's Inhabiting of a Postcolonial Land     153
Postscript: The Appeal of the Land and the Lost Ontology of Inhabitancy     168
Notes     175
Index     198
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