Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism

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Gita Rajan, Radhika Mohanram
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - 232 من الصفحات
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Postcolonial discourse is fast becoming an area of rich academic debate. At the heart of coloniality and postcoloniality is the contested authority of empire and its impact upon previously colonized peoples and their indigenous cultures.

This book examines various theories of colonization and decolonization, and how the ideas of a British empire create networks of discourses in contemporary postcolonial cultures. The various essays in this book address the question of empire by exploring such constructs as nation and modernity, third-world feminisms, identity politics, the status and roles of exiles, exilic subjectivities, border intellectuals, and the presence of a postcolonial body in today's classrooms. Topics discussed include African-American literature, the nature of postcolonial texts in first-world contexts, jazz, films, and TV as examples of postcolonial discourse, and the debates surrounding biculturalism and multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia.

 

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Rereading Fanon Rewriting Caribbean History
17
Or the PostColonial Subject in Contemporary AfricanAmerican Literature
33
The Colonial Voice in the Motherland
47
Minor Pleasures
59
Womens Rights versus Feminism? Postcolonial Perspectives
69
Jazz Postcolonial Theory and Modernism
89
Postcoloniality and the Politics of Identity in the Diaspora Figuring Home Locating Histories
101
Postcolonial Spaces and Deterritorialized HomoSexuality The Films of Hanif Kureishi
117
The Media Scene and Postcolonial Theories An Interview with Prajna Paramita Parasher
151
Retrospective Hallucination Postcolonial Video as Cultural Critique
159
History Folklore and Common Sense Sembenes Films and Discourses of Postcoloniality
171
Biculturalism Postcolonialismm and Identity Politics in New Zealand
189
PostcolonialismMulticulturalism Australia 1993
205
Select Biography
219
Index
223
About the Contributors
229

Is My Body Proper? Postcoloniality in the Classroom
135

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الصفحة 7 - Mimicry is thus the sign of a double articulation; a complex strategy of reform, regulation, and discipline, which "appropriates" the Other as it visualizes power. Mimicry is also the sign of the inappropriate, however, a difference or recalcitrance which coheres the dominant strategic function of colonial power, intensifies surveillance, and poses an immanent threat to both "normalized" knowledges and disciplinary powers.
الصفحة 6 - ... one thing cannot have two beginnings of existence, nor two things one beginning, it being impossible for two things of the same kind to be or exist in the same instant, in the very same place, or one and the same thing in different places. That therefore that had one beginning, is the same thing ; and that which had a different beginning in time and place from that, is not the same, but diverse.
الصفحة 3 - A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Two things, which in truth are but one, constitute this soul or spiritual principle. One lies in the past, one in the present. One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of memories; the other is present-day consent, the desire to live together, the will to perpetuate the value of the heritage that one has received in an undivided form ... The nation, like the individual, is the culmination of a long past of endeavours, sacrifice and devotion.
الصفحة 3 - It is imagined as a community, because, regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in each, the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship.
الصفحة 5 - No matter how well they may do, exiles are always eccentrics who feel their difference (even as they frequently exploit it) as a kind of orphanhood. Anyone who is really homeless regards the habit of seeing estrangement in everything modern as an affectation, a display of modish attitudes. Clutching difference like a weapon to be used with stiffened will, the exile jealously insists on his or her right to refuse to belong.
الصفحة 3 - The nation is imagined as limited because even the largest of them, encompassing perhaps a billion living human beings, has finite, if elastic, boundaries, beyond which lie other nations.

نبذة عن المؤلف (1995)

Gita Rajan teaches Victorian Literature, Cultural Studies, and Postcolonial Discourse at Fairfield University. She has published widely in all three areas, and is currently working on the predicament of aesthetics in colonized cultures. She was an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and has also held a fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art.

Radhika Mohanram is a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, where she teaches gender and postcolonial theory. She has published widely on postcolonial theory and literature and is currently finishing a book on Edith Wharton and Diasporic subjectivity.

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