Internationally recognized for its superior scholarship, Modern Fiction Studies was one of the first journals to publish articles on postcolonial studies. Since postcolonialism's inception, scholars have defined, clarified, and enriched its conceptions and theoretical development in the pages of MFS. This anthology collects the best and most important articles on postcolonial literary studies published in MFS in the past thirty years.
Postcolonial Literary Studies brings together groundbreaking scholarship focusing on significant works of fiction by such writers as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Jamaica Kincaid, V. S. Naipaul, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Bapsi Sidhwa, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and more. The essays feature ideas that helped shape the discipline from its earliest stages to the present and represent some of the finest examples of literary, theoretical, historical, and cultural criticism.
With its focus on literary figures and texts, rather than solely on theory, this volume fills a significant gap in the fields of postcolonialism, global studies, and literary criticism in general. This rich collection of essays by the field's leading scholars will prove indispensable to instructors and students across a broad spectrum of humanistic studies. It not only highlights the development and transformation of postcolonial literary study but also, by mapping out new directions of study, considers its continual significance and expansion.
About the Author
Robert P. Marzec is an associate professor of British and postcolonial literature at Purdue University, associate editor of Modern Fiction Studies, and author of An Ecological and Postcolonial Study of Literature: Empire and Enclosures, from Daniel Defoe to Salman Rushdie.
Table of Contents
The First Thirty Years of Postcolonial Literary Scholarship: The Continuing Importance of a Discipline Robert R Marzec 1
Part I Paradigms
1 The Margin at the Center: On Testimonio (Testimonial Narrative) John Beverley 15
Nationalism and Aesthetics
2 Writing in the Shit: Beckett, Nationalism, and the Colonial Subject David Lloyd 35
3 Imperial Triangles: Mark Twain's Foreign Affairs Amy Kaplan 52
4 Fiction and the Law: Recent Inscriptions of Gayness in South Africa Tim Trengove Jones 63
5 Decolonizing Culture:Toward a Theory for Postcolonial Women's Texts Ketu H. Katrak 84
Indigenity and Subalternity
6 Re-Membering Hispaniola: Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones April Shemak 109
7 Redefining Paris:Trans-Modernity and Francophone African Migritude Fiction Pius Adesanmi 135
Part II Postcolonial Africa
8 Smoke of the Savannah:Traveling Modernity in Sembéne Ousmane's God's Bits of Wood Marian Aguiar 155
9 Mourning the Postapartheid State Already? The Poetics of Loss in Zakes Mda's Ways of Dying Grant Farred 177
10 Ngugi waThiong'o's Postnation:The Cultural Geographies of Colonial, Neocolonial, and Postnational Space Oliver Lovesey 199
11 Truth,Telling, Questioning:The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull, and Literature after Apartheid Mark Sanders 225
12 The Pastoral Promise and the Political Imperative: The Plaasroman Tradition in an Era of Land Reform Jennifer Wenzel 251
Part III Postcolonial India
13 Leading History by the Nose: The Turn to the Eighteenth Century in Midnight's Children Clement Hawes 275
14 The Feminist Plot and the Nationalist Allegory: Home and World in Two Indian Women's Novels in English Rajeswari Sunder Rajan 297
15 Memory, Identity, Patriarchy: Projecting a Past in the Memoirs of Sara Suleri and Michael Ondaatje Sangeeta Ray 319
16 Figures of Colonial Resistance Jenny Sharpe 341
Part IV New Directions
17 Introduction: Worldly English Michael Béerubé 365
18 Narrative in Prison: Stories from the Palestinian Intifada Barbara Harlow 381
19 Globalization, Postcoloniality, and the Problem of Literary Studies in The Satanic Verses Peter Kalliney 400
20 National Narratives, Postnational Narration Donald E. Pease 429
21 Comic Visions and Revisions in the Work of Lynda Barry and Marjane Satrapi Theresa M. Tensuan 449
22 Tenderness: A Mediator of Identity and Gender Construction in Politics Ileana Rodríguez 467
List of Contributors 477
What People are Saying About This
The single best anthology for studying postcolonialism and literature.
Susan Strehle, Binghamton University