Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920: Resistance in Interaction / Edition 1

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This book explores the political co-operations and textual connections which linked anti-colonial, nationalist, and modernist groups and individuals in the British empire. Boehmer significantly questions prevailing postcolonial paradigms of the self-defining nation, syncretism and mimicry, and dismantles still-dominant binary definitions of the colonial relationship.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This formidably well-researched and carefully documented book demonstrates the strengths of a complex comparative methodology in postcolonial studies."—The Yearbook of English Studies

"A timely work, and indeed part of a growing and welcome movement towards historicization in postcolonial studies.... Valuable in the way it foregrounds neglected texts, and suggests new possibilities for reading and novel critical perspectives on late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century literatures in English."—English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

"Stunning.... Boehmer's task is remarkably important: to produce a genealogy of anti-colonial resistance from the ground level at the height of British imperialism and trace with great precision the interactions 'between peripheries.'"—The Minnesota Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184454
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elleke Boehmer is Hildred Carlile Professor in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published Empire Writing (Oxford World's Classics, 1998), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial 1890-1920 (2002), and critical editions of Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (2004) and Cornelia Sorabji's India Calling (2004). She is also the author of short stories and three novels, most recently Bloodlines.

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Table of Contents

1. Anti-imperial interaction across the colonial borderline: Introduction, The Irish Boer War and The United Irishman.
2. India the starting point: cross-national self-translation in 1900s Calcutta.
3. 'But Transmitters'?: The interdiscursive alliance of Aurobindo Ghose and Sister Nivedita.
4. 'Able to sing their songs': Solomon Plaatje's many-tongued nationalism.
5. 'Immeasurable strangeness' between empire and modernism: W. B. Yeats and Rabindranath Tagore, and Leonard Woolf.

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