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

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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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Overview

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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"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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184461
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2002
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elleke Boehmer is Professor of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University, and author of Colonial Literature (1995), and three novels: Screens Against the Sky (1990), An Immaculate Figure (1993), and Bloodlines (2000).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
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.
Bibliography
Index

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