Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions

Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions

Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions

Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions

Synopsis

The essays in this volume examine the tensions between two major political and intellectual structures: the global and the postcolonial, charting the ways in which such tensions are constitutive of changing power relations between the individual, the nation-state and global forces. Contributors ask how postcolonialism, with its emphasis on cultural difference and diversity, can respond to the new, neo-imperialist imperatives of globalization. Signalling the discursive grounds for debate is the fissures/fusions title, suggesting alternative categorizations of stereotypes like global homogenization' and postcolonial resistance'. Interwoven are considerations of the intellectual or writer's position today. Literary texts from a wide range of countries are analysed for their resistance to global hegemony and for representations of manipulative power structures, in order to highlight issues such as environmental loss, nationality, migrancy, and marginality.

Excerpt

Today's world is marked by uncertainty, violence, and haste. It is increasingly shaped by globalization, a term used either pejoratively to signify the overpowering reduction of the earth and its inhabitants to its economic and cultural use by those empowered by capital and technology, or more innocuously to refer to the flows of goods, people, capital, knowledge across borders due to the lowering of barriers and the reduced costs of transport and communication. It is also shaped by the conditions of postcolonialism, a term that ought to suggest the demise of colonialism but for all theoretical purposes is ever haunted by its presence; in an era of multinational capitalism it has expanded semantically either in resistance to globalization or in significant ways overlapping with it. the contemporary moment demands re-examination by questions such as: how are literary and cultural representations shaped by the times, specifically of postcolonialism and globalization? What is the role of the creative writer and critic at the intersection of globalization and the postcolonial? How do the postcolonial and globalization interact with and shape each other and other aspects such as nation, identity, or aesthetics? Do postcolonial readings of past and contemporary literary works enable a more historical understanding of globalization and vice versa? How have postcolonialism and globalization contributed to the modes and media of the new technologies?

The essays in this collection respond to these queries by exploring perspectives arising from the complex interface between these two theoretical positions and the interlinked historical, political, economic, and ethical developments and conflicts with which they are associated. They

Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and its Discontents (London: Allen Lane, 2002): 9.

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