Terror and the Postcolonial: A Concise Companion / Edition 1

Terror and the Postcolonial: A Concise Companion / Edition 1

by Elleke Boehmer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405191546

ISBN-13: 9781405191548

Pub. Date: 11/09/2009

Publisher: Wiley

Terror and the Postcolonial is a major new comparative study of terrorism and its representations in colonial history and postcolonial theory, literature and culture. Through a series of thematically-linked, original chapters, the volume critically analyzes the figuration of terrorism in a range of colonial and postcolonial literary texts from South Asia,

Overview

Terror and the Postcolonial is a major new comparative study of terrorism and its representations in colonial history and postcolonial theory, literature and culture. Through a series of thematically-linked, original chapters, the volume critically analyzes the figuration of terrorism in a range of colonial and postcolonial literary texts from South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The chapters also consider a variety of controversial political events such as the London shooting of Brazilian national Jean Charles de Menezes and the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. In doing so, this ground-breaking study questions, complicates, and, above all, historicizes the deep divisions between Western and non-Western cultures and their writings, and also their legacies of conquest, that underpin the contemporary rhetoric of terrorism. At the same time, the collection investigates the widely disparate value systems which are held to reinforce the recourse to “terror” in global literature and culture.

With fine theoretical sophistication, Terror and the Postcolonial offers provocative new insights that will broaden our understanding of global terrorism today as well as of the cultural and literary responses to terrorism that have emerged throughout the postcolonial world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405191548
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Series:
Concise Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #33
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Terror and the Postcolonial 1
Elleke Boehmer and Stephen Morton

Part I Theories of Colonial and Postcolonial Terror 25

1 The Colony: Its Guilty Secret and Its Accursed Share 27
Achille Mbembe

2 Vanishing Points: Law, Violence, and Exception in the Global War Prison 55
Derek Gregory

3 The White Fear Factor 99
Vron Ware

4 Sacrificial Militancy and the Wars around Terror 113
Alex Houen

5 Postcolonial Writing and Terror 141
Elleke Boehmer

Part II Histories of Post/colonial Terror 151

6 Revolutionary Terrorism in British Bengal 153
Peter Heehs

7 Excavating Histories of Terror: Thugs, Sovereignty, and the Colonial Sublime 177
Alex Tickell

8 Terrorism, Literature, and Sedition in Colonial India 202
Stephen Morton

9 Israel in the US Empire 226
Bashir Abu-Manneh

10 The Poetics of State Terror in Twenty-first-century Zimbabwe 254
Ranka Primorac

11 The Mediation of “Terror”: Authority, Journalism, and the Stockwell Shooting 273
Stuart Price

Part III Genres of Terror 305

12 Terror Effects 307
Robert J. C. Young

13 “Gendering” Terror: Representations of the Female “Freedom Fighter” in Contemporary Sri Lankan Literature and Cultural Production 329
Neluka Silva

14 Terror, Spectacle, and the Secular State in Bombay Cinema 345
Sujala Singh

15 “The age of reason was over . . . an age of fury was dawning”: Contemporary Fiction and Terror 361
Robert Eaglestone

16 Bodies of Terror: Performer and Witness 370
Emma Brodzinski

Index 381

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