Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism

Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism

Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism

Postcolonial Discourse and Changing Cultural Contexts: Theory and Criticism

Synopsis

At the heart of coloniality and postcoloniality is the idea of empire. This book examines various theories of empire, and how they create networks of discourse in contemporary postcolonial settings. In exploring the idea of empire, the contributors consider such constructions as nation and modernity, identity politics, the status and role of exiles, and border intellectuals. Postcolonial texts considered include literature and films.

Excerpt

In this volume we wish to examine various theories girding the notion of empire, specifically as they form networks of discourses which "world" postcolonial debates today. This book can be read as a sequel to our other work, English Postcoloniality: Literatures from Around the World, which provides historical backgrounds and focused analyses of some important neocolonial and postcolonial writings. The essays in that volume deal with texts from English colonies as both independent works in their own right and as responses to imperial fictions. Here we wish to extend that debate into a more theoretical space. Similar to the complex and powerful material reality of colonization, the language surrounding empire too remains overdetermined in current discussions of postcoloniality, and we wish to explore such constructions as nation and modernity, identity politics, status and role of exile and exilic subjectivities, and border intellectuals. Our collection of essays in this work complements the pieces in our other book so that readers may perceive postcolonial theories in their continuities, discontinuities, complexities, complications, and varying evolutions, and locate one facet of postcoloniality.

HISTORY AND NATION

Generally, ideologies of nation and nationalism together with theories of modernity and postcoloniality are explained through the recordings of history in all their political, economic, cultural, historical, and archeological implications. It is the analyses of these implications that postcolonial scholars find useful in holding empire accountable, if not for anything else, at least for querying history. Romila Thapar in The Past and the Prejudice . . .

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