Terror and the Postcolonial: A Concise Companion / Edition 1

Terror and the Postcolonial: A Concise Companion / Edition 1

by Elleke Boehmer
     
 

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,

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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.

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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.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Terror and the Postcolonial (Elleke Boehmer and Stephen Morton, University of Oxford and University of Southampton).

Part I: Theories of Colonial and Postcolonial Terror:

1. The Colony: Its Guilty Secret and Its Accursed Share (Achille Mbembe, University of Wiwatersrand).

2. Vanishing Points: Law, Violence, and Exception in the Global War Prison (Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia).

3. The White Fear Factor (Vron Ware, Open University).

4. Sacrificial Militancy and the Wars around Terror (Alex Houen, University of Sheffield).

5. Postcolonial Writing and Terror (Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford).

Part II: Histories of Post/colonial Terror:

6. Revolutionary Terrorism in British Bengal (Peter Heehs, Independent Scholar).

7. Excavating Histories of Terror: Thugs, Sovereignty, and the Colonial Sublime (Alex Tickell, University of Portsmouth).

8. Terrorism, Literature, and Sedition in Colonial India (Stephen Morton, University of Southampton).

9. Israel in the US Empire (Bashir Abu-Manneh, Barnard College).

10. The Poetics of State Terror in Twenty-first-century Zimbabwe (Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton).

11. The Mediation of "Terror": Authority, Journalism, and the Stockwell Shooting (Stuart Price, De Montfort University).

Part III: Genres of Terror:

12. Terror Effects (Robert J. C. Young, New York University).

13. "Gendering" Terror: Representations of the Female "Freedom Fighter" in Contemporary Sri Lankan Literature and Cultural Production (Neluka Silva, University of Colombo).

14. Terror, Spectacle, and the Secular State in Bombay Cinema (Sujala Singh, University of Southampton).

15. "The age of reason was over . . . an age of fury was dawning": Contemporary Fiction and Terror (Robert Eaglestone. University of London).

16. Bodies of Terror: Performer and Witness (Emma Brodzinski, University of London).

Index.

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