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Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader / Edition 1

Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader / Edition 1

by Patrick Williams, Laura Chrisman
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Equally suitable for undergraduates and specialists in the humanities, this collection provides an in-depth introduction to debates within post-colonial theory and criticism. The readings are drawn from a diverse selection of Third World and Western thinkers, both historical and contemporary. "Post-colonialism" is taken by the editors to include Third World and diasporic experience; like "colonialism," it is understood to contain a complex set of cultural, ethnographic, political, and economic processes and conflicts.

This volume explores such issues as the nature of colonized cultures and anti-colonial resistance; subaltern historiography; constructions of Western subjectivity, knowledge, and gender; the formation of post-colonial intellectuals; the metropolitan institutionalization of post-colonialism; neo-colonialism; and the nature of minority and post-colonial identity and discourse. One section is devoted to the application of theoretical formulations to cultural criticism, and contains a number of textual analyses. A general introduction to the volume as well as introductions to each section provide historical, theoretical, and poltical contexts for the readings. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231100212
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/21/1994
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 570
Sales rank: 737,399
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.75(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patrick Williams is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature and Languages at Nottingham Trent University. Laura Chrisman is a Lecturer in English in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: An Introduction
Part I. Theorising Colonised Cultures and Anti-Colonial Resistance
1. Negritude: A Humanism of the Twentieth Century, by Leopold Sedar Senghor
2. On National Culture, by Frantz Fanon
3. National Liberation and Culture, by Amilcar Cabral
4. Can the Subaltern Speak, by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
5. Remembering Fanon: Self, Psyche and the Colonial Condition, by Homi Bhabha
Part II. Theorising the West
6. From Orientalism, by Edward Said
7. Orientalism and Its Problems, by Dennis Porter
8. Orientalism and After, by Aijaz Ahmad
9. From Discourse on Colonialism, by Aime Cesaire
10. From The Consequences of Modernity, by Anthony Giddens
Part III. Theorising Gender
11. Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses, by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
12. The Unspeakable Limits of Rape: Colonial Violence and Counter-Insurgency, by Jenny Sharpe
13. Woman Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition, by Sara Suleri
14. Speaking in Tongues: Dialogics, Dialectics and the Black Woman Writer's Literary Tradition, by Mae Gwendolyn Henderson
Part IV. Theorising Post-Coloniality: Intellectuals and Institutions
15. What is Post(-)colonialism, by Vijay Mishra and Bob Hodge
16. The Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term Post-colonialism, by Anne McClintock
17. Overworlding the Third World, by Ania Loomba
18. Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy, by Arjun Appadurai
19. Towards a Critical Theory of Third World Films, by Teshome H. Gabriel
20. Beyond Ethnocentrism : Gender, Power and the Third-World Intelligentsia, by Jean Franco
Part V. Theorising Post-Coloniality: Discourse and Identity
21. Identity and Its Discontents: Women and the Nation, by Deniz Kandiyoti
22. Cultural Identity and Diaspora, by Stuart Hall
23. Urban Social Movements, Race and Community, by Paul Gilroy
24. Postmodern Blackness, by bell hooks
25. The African Writer and the English Language, by Chinua Achebe
26. The Language of African Literature, by Ngugi wa Thing'o
Part VI. Reading from Theory
27. The Construction of Woman in Three Popular Texts of Empire: Towards a Critique of Materialist Feminism, by Rosemary Hennessy and Rajeswari Mohan
28. Kim and Orientalism, by Patrick Williams
29. The Imperial Unconscious? Representations of Imperial Discourse, by Laura Chrisman
30. Xala, Ousmane Sembene 1976: The Carapace That Failed, by Laura Mulvey
31. The Empire Renarrated: Season of Migration to the North and the Reinvention of the Present, by Saree S. Makdisi

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