Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies / Edition 1

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What is the relationship between Marxism and postcolonial thought? Can a revolutionary European ideology be an emancipatory intellectual tool in the post-imperial world? Or, in sites where European thought is often treated with suspicion, does it repeat distrusted legacies and epistemologies? This collection is the first systematic attempt to provide an overview of this collision. An international cast of contributors challenge the elision of Marxist thought in the debate on what the term "postcolonial" actually entails. The volume is essential reading for all engaged in postcolonial and cultural studies.

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'… this is an excellent book. It contains a number of essays which are crucial for any reader who might be puzzling over ths general area … deeper and wider-ranging than the many flummeries and evasions spawned within the canon of postcolonial studies so far.' Kelwyn Sole, University of Cape Town

'Marxism, Modernity, and Postcolonial Studies is indispensable for those interested in postcolonial studies, capitalism, questions of nation, race, anticolonial struggles, and the global capitalist system.' Cultural Critique

'… a recent addition to the excellent Cultural Margins series … Giovanni Arrighi begins with an illuminating historical account of East Asia that unsettles discrete, developmental models of European capitalism … In what is a compelling account of Eurocentrism, Lasarus argues the West has no singular or unified referent, that it is ideological rather than a geographic site. In forwarding anti-Eurocentric projects, postcolonial critics have turned Europe into a fetish … The disavowal of Marxism within postcolonial studies is misguided, Lazarus argues, through a nuanced critique of Deipesh Chakrabarty … Other valuable contributions to the volume include Joe Cleary's lucid reassessment of the relationship between Ireland and postcolonial studies and Timothy Brennan's fascinating exploration of the pre-history of 'theory' in the interwar period. As a whole, [the book] helps to further both postcolonial and Marxist theoretical debates. More significantly, however, it contributes to our understanding of the relationship between them.' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

Decrying the lack of dialogue between Marxist and postcolonial studies scholars, Bartolovich (English and textual studies, Syracuse U., US) and Lazarus (English and comparative literacy studies, Warwick U., UK) present 13 contributions that, collectively, advocate for a postcolonial studies that is visibly and explicitly Marxist. The essays are organized under headings that are considered by the editors to be the flashpoints of debate between Marxism and postcolonial studies: Eurocentrism, modernity, and theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521890595
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Cultural Margins Series, #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Crystal Bartolovich is Associate Professor of English and Textual Studies, Syracuse University

Neil Lazarus is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University, he is the author of Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World (Cambridge, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Crystal Bartolovich; Part I. Eurocentrism, 'The West', and the World: 1. The rise of East Asia and the withering away of the interstate system Giovanni Arrighi; 2. The fetish of 'the West' in postcolonial studies Neil Lazarus; 3. The Eurocentric Marx and Engles and other related myths August Nimtz; 4. Karl Marx, Eurocentrism, and the 1857 revolt in British India Pranav Jani; Part II. Locating Modernity: 5. Liberation theory: variations on themes of Marxism and modernity Benita Parry; 6. Misplaced ideas? Locating and dislocating Ireland in colonial and postcolonial studies Joe Cleary; 7. Sex, space and modernity in the work of Rashid Jahan, Angareywali Priya Gopal; 8. Was there a time before race? Capitalist modernity and the origins of racism Helen Scott; Part III. Marxism, Postcolonial Studies and 'Theory': 9. Postcolonialism and the problematic of uneven development E. San Juan; 10. Marxism, postcolonialism and The Eighteenth Brumaire Neil Larsen; 11. Postcolonial studies between the European wars: an intellectual history Timothy Brennan; 12. Adorno, authenticity, critique Keya Ganguly.

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