Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning (SUNY Series in Explorations and Post Colonnial Studies) [NOOK Book]

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Sam Durrant's powerfully original book compares the ways in which the novels of J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison memorialize the traumatic histories of racial oppression that continue to haunt our postcolonial era. The works examined bear witness to the colonization of the New World, U.S. slavery, and South African apartheid, histories founded on a violent denial of the humanity of the other that had traumatic consequences for both perpetrators and victims. Working at the borders of psychoanalysis ...
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Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning (SUNY Series in Explorations and Post Colonnial Studies)

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Overview

Sam Durrant's powerfully original book compares the ways in which the novels of J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison memorialize the traumatic histories of racial oppression that continue to haunt our postcolonial era. The works examined bear witness to the colonization of the New World, U.S. slavery, and South African apartheid, histories founded on a violent denial of the humanity of the other that had traumatic consequences for both perpetrators and victims. Working at the borders of psychoanalysis and deconstruction, and drawing inspiration from recent work on the Holocaust, Durrant rethinks Freud's opposition between mourning and melancholia at the level of the collective and rearticulates the postcolonial project as an inconsolable labor of remembrance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791485750
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 256 KB

Meet the Author

Sam Durrant is Lecturer of English at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Specters of Colonialism 1
Ch. 1 Speechless before Apartheid: J. M. Coetzee's Inconsolable Works of Mourning 23
Ch. 2 Rites of Communion: Wilson Harris's Hosting of History 53
Ch. 3 Keeping It in the Family: Passing on Racial Memory in the Novels of Toni Morrison 79
Conclusion: Some Kind of Community 111
Notes 119
Works Cited 129
Index 139
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