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This key new introduction, by one of the leading exponents in the field, explains in clear and accessible language the historical and theoretical origins of post-colonial theory. Acknowledging that post-colonial theory draws on a wide, often contested, range of theory from different fields, Young analyzes the concepts and issues involved, explains the meaning of key terms, and interprets the work of some of the major writers concerned, to provide an ideal introductory guide for those undergraduates or academics coming to post-colonial theory and criticism for the first time.

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"The foremost postcolonial theorist in Britain" Times Higher Education Supplement

"In pursuing the historical past of postcolonial discourse, Robert Young makes a truly insightful and inventive contribution to the development of the field. His intricate and exhaustive study finds its inspiration in the exhilarating events and ideals of anti-colonialist struggle. Inspired by the imaginative spirit of emancipation, Young argues that the great anti-colonial movements were also transformative and hybrid moments that reshaped both power and knowledge. The fine achievement of this provocative account lies in reviving and revising the remarkable dawning of the Third World as we emerge into the global conceits of the third millennium." Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University

"Robert Young points postcolonial studies in new directions, paradoxically by offering a timely reminder of the field's historical beginnings in anticolonial struggles. This book combines scholarship and polemic admirably in its project of situating and redirecting postcolonial studies today. It is a major work, marking a turning-point in thinking and research in the field." Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi

"Steadfastly avoiding the glib formulas and fashionable notions with which Eng Lit is now awash, Young gives us instead a meticulously researched, soberly detailed set of histories - of classical European colonialism, international socialism, and a range of nationalist movements from China and Egypt to Cuba and Algeria. The result is a timely portrait of the various unsavoury ways in which the West has sought cynically to derail emancipation of others while prating piously of its own liberties." Terry Eagleton, Times Literary Supplement

"Young (Oxford) offers a panoramic view of the political and intellectual origins of postcolonial thought. Young helpfully synthesizes a great deal of material. In addition to the canonical topics, he covers some that are neglected by most scholars. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

"Young does a brilliant job in laying the foundations for the further understanding of this urgent dilemma." Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631200710
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510
  • Sales rank: 1,222,748
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. C. Young is Professor of English and Critical Theory at Oxford University and a fellow of Wadham College. He is the author of White Mythologies: Writing History and the West (1990), Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture, and Race (1995), and Torn Halves: Political Conflict in Literary and Cultural Theory (1996). Robert Young is also the General Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

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Table of Contents

1. Colonialism and the Politics of Postcolonial Critique.

Part I: Concepts in History:.

2. Colonialism.

3. Imperialism.

4. Neocolonialism.

5. Postcolonialism.

Part II: European Anti-colonialism:.

6. Las Casas to Burke.

7. Nineteenth-century Liberalism.

8. Marx on Colonialism and Imperialism.

Part III: The Internationals:.

9. Socialism and Nationalism: The First International to the Russian Revolution.

10. The Third International, to the Baku Congress of the Peoples of the East.

11. The Women's International, the Third and the Fourth Internationals.

Part IV: Theoretical Practices of the Freedom Struggles:.

12. The National Liberation Movements: Introduction.

13. Marxism and the National Liberation Movements.

14. China, Egypt, Bandung.

15. Latin America I: MariƔtegui, Transculturation and Cultural Dependency.

16. Latin America II: Cuba: Guevara, Castro and the Tricontinental.

17. Africa I: Anglophone African Socialism.

18. Africa II: Nkrumah and Pan-Africanism.

19. Africa III: The Senghors and Francophone African Socialism.

20. Africa IV: Fanon/Cabral.

21. The Subject of Violence: Algeria, Ireland.

22. India I: Marxism in India.

23. India II: Gandhi's Counter-modernity.

Part V: Formations of Postcolonial Theory:.

24. India III: Hybridity and Subaltern Agency:.

25. Women, Gender and Anti-colonialism.

26. Edward Said and Colonial Discourse.

27. Foucault in Tunisia.

28. Subjectivity and History: Derrida in Algeria.

Epilogue: Tricontinentalism, for a Transnational Social Justice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003


    There are other books on postcolonialism, but this one stands head and shoulders above them. Unlike other postcolonial writers, Young does not treat postcolonialism as one long ideological debate. All the ones I've read tend to focus on the ideas of Fanon, Said, Spivak, Bhabha while ignoring the social movements and individuals whose struggles against colonialism make the discussion possible. Actually, Fanon is the exception here, but that only proves the rule. Young traces the rise of anticolonial movements and ideologies and their development into postcolonialism. As Young shows, the anticolonialists of the early 20th century didn't simply provide a starting point for later thinkers, but took positions which are still influential today. The Comintern. Young is the only author I've seen who even broaches the subject. He does and excellent job portraying the Comintern's attempt to develop a coherent policy towards anticolonial struggles without glossing over the contradictions. Young also expands his scope to include those not ususally discussed in studies of postcolonialism: Mariartegui, Cabral,Cesaire, even James Connolly. My only disagreement is with his assessment of Gandhi. Young puts forth a creative interpretation of Gandhi's tactics and their effects, particularly in destabilizing meanings. I, however, disagree with the idea that such tactics led to the liberation of India, but that's a whole other discussion. Overall, this is an excellent introduction to the topic which covers far more ground than any other book in the field.

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