Using place studies within a postcolonial context, this study explores the sense-aesthetic dimensions in literature such as smell, sound, etc. that often challenge the rationalizing logic of modernity. Through close readings of writers such as Conrad and Coetzee, Moslund invites scholars to shift focus from discourse analysis to aesthetic analysis.
About the Author
Sten Pultz Moslund is Associate Professor in the department of Comparative Literature in the Institute for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark.
Table of ContentsIntroduction PART I 1. The Tenor of Place, Language and Body in Postcolonial Studies 2. Sensuous Empires and Silent Calls of the Earth 3. Postcolonial Aesthetics and the Politics of the Sensible 4. How to Read Place in Literature with the Body: Language as Poiesis-Aisthesis PART II 5. Mind, Eye, Body and Place in J. M. Coetzee's Dusklands (1974) 6. Silent Geographies in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1902) 7. Nation and Embodied Experiences of the Place World in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (1958) 8. Karen Blixen's Out of Africa (1937): A Colonial Aesthetic and Decolonial Aisthesis 9. The Settler's Language and Emplacement in Patrick White's Voss (1957) 10. Place, Language, Body in the Caribbean Experience and the Example of Harold Sonny Ladoo's No Pain Like This Body (1972) 11. Place and Sensuous Geographies in Migration Literature 12. Spatial Transgressions and Migrant Aesthetics in David Dabydeen's Disappearance (1993) Coda