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Overview


An interdisciplinary collection of essays designed to map out a wide-ranging and productive future for postcolonial studies, this volume assesses the current state of the field and points toward its most promising new developments. In addressing questions about the definition and relevance of postcolonial scholarship, many of the essays consider its relation to the study of globalization. While some contributors offer broad reflections on the existing two-way influence between postcolonial theory and established university disciplines such as literary criticism and history, others forge ahead into some vital, if nascent, areas for postcolonial research such as media studies, environmental studies, religious studies, and linguistic and semantic analysis.

The contributors represent many of the fields altered by postcolonial studies over the past two decades, including literary studies, history, anthropology, Asian and African studies, and political science. They model diverse applications of postcolonial theory to Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Postcolonial Studies and Beyond propels the field forward. It showcases scholars coming from intellectual precincts usually considered outside the purview of the postcolonial finding new ways to deploy classic techniques of postcolonial analysis, and scholars strongly associated with postcolonial studies offering substantial critiques designed to challenge the field’s most fundamental assumptions.

Contributors. Tani E. Barlow, Ali Behdad, Daniel Boyarin, Timothy Brennan, Matti Bunzl, Antoinette Burton, Laura Chrisman, Jean Comaroff, Frederick Cooper, Vilashini Cooppan, Jed Esty, James Ferguson, Peter Hulme, Suvir Kaul, Neil Lazarus, Ania Loomba, Florencia E. Mallon, Nivedita Menon, Rob Nixon, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, David Scott, Ella Shohat, Kelwyn Sole, Robert Stam, Rebecca L. Stein

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Postcolonial Studies and Beyond will have a place in reviewing and defining the development of postcolonial studies similar to that which Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture had for cultural studies.”—David Lloyd, coeditor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital

“What truly distinguishes this volume is its attempt to find for postcolonial studies a real critical vocation at a time when the issue of Empire is once again a global subject of debate. Rich in scholarship and in the diversity of views represented here, this book will help renew the questions it addresses.”—Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822335238
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ania Loomba is Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Suvir Kaul is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Matti Bunzl is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Antoinette Burton is Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, Department of History, University of Illinois.

Jed Esty is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

Beyond what? : an introduction 1
Pt. 1 Globalization and the postcolonial eclipse
Beyond the straits : postcolonial allegories of the globe 41
On globalization, again! 62
The ruins of empire : the national and global politics of America's return to Rome 80
The economic image-function of the periphery 101
Pt. 2 Neoliberalism and the postcolonial world
The end of history, again? : pursuing the past in the postcolony 125
A flight from freedom 145
Decomposing modernity : history and hierarchy after development 166
"The deep thoughts the one in need falls into" : Quotidian experience and the perspectives of poetry in postliberation South Africa 182
Between the burqa and the beauty parlor? : globalization, cultural nationalism, and feminist politics 206
Pt. 3 Beyond the nation-state (and back again)
Environmentalism and postcolonialism 233
Beyond black Atlantic and postcolonial studies : the South African differences of Sol Plaatje and Peter Abrahams 252
Pathways to postcolonial nationhood : the democratization of difference in contemporary Latin America 272
Traveling multiculturalism : a trinational debate in translation 293
The ballad of the sad cafe : Israeli leisure, Palestinian terror, and the post/colonial question 317
Pt. 4 Postcolonial studies and the disciplines in transformation
Hybridity and heresy : apartheid comparative religion in late antiquity 339
Eugenic woman, semicolonialism, and colonial modernity as problems for postcolonial theory 359
The social construction of postcolonial studies 385
Postcolonial studies and the study of history 401
The politics of postcolonial modernism 423
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