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Overview

Postcolonialism as a critical approach and pedagogic practice has informed literary and cultural studies since the late 1980s. The term is heavily loaded and has come to mean a wide, and often bewildering, variety of approaches, methods, politics and ideas. Beginning with the historical origins of postcolonial thought in the writings of Gandhi, Cesaire and Fanon, this guide moves on to Edward Said's articulation into a critical approach and finally to postcolonialism's multiple forms in contemporary critical thinking, including theorists such as Bhabha, Spivak, Arif Dirlik and Aijaz Ahmed. Written in jargon-free language and illustrated with examples from literary and cultural texts, this book addresses the many concerns, forms and ‘specializations' of postcolonialism, including gender and sexuality studies, the nations and nationalism, space and place, history and politics. It explains the key ideas, concepts and approaches in what is arguably the most influential and politically edged critical approach in literary and cultural theory today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826400468
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/20/2010
  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,163,765
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Pramod K. Nayar is Assistant Professor in English at the University of Hyderabad, India. His most recent books include Packaging Life: Cultures of the Everyday (Sage 2009), Postcolonial Literature: An Introduction (Pearson, 2008), A Short History of English Literature (Cambridge, India, 2000) and English Writing and India, 1600-1920 (Routledge, 2008).
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Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgements viii

Chapter 1 Introduction: Postcolonial Thought 1

Chapter 2 Colonial Cultures 35

Chapter 3 Nation and Nationalism 69

Chapter 4 Gender and Sexuality 101

Chapter 5 Space and Place 134

Chapter 6 Cosmopolitanisms 163

Chapter 7 New Concerns for the Postcolonial 191

Notes 212

Bibliography 214

Index 237

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