Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique

Synopsis

This volume presents a powerful selection of reprinted and new essays by one of the most important critics in postcolonial studies. This text offers an outline of the historical and personal contexts from which Parrys' work has emerged, a series of essays that vigorously challenge colonial discourse theory and postcolonialism as we have known them and details a series of readings of well-known texts by authors including Kipling, Conrad, Wells and Forster. What then is the future of postcolonial theory? Parry concludes with the compelling argument that theoretical work must strive to join remembrance of the material past with a critique of the contemporary condition, remaining unreconciled to the past and unconsoled by the present.