Cross / Cultures

Articles from No. 170, 2013

Acknowledgements
As conference conveners, we would like to thank our financial sponsors: the Graduate Academy of Leibniz University, the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, the Visiting Scholars Programme of the Faculty of the Humanities (coordinated by...
Cross-Cultural Pedagogical Practices - Understanding the German Context
My affiliation is with an undergraduate college of the sndt Women's University in Mumbai, India, where I teach and live. My association with German academics was first established through my sojourn at the University of Magdeburg as a post-doctoral fellow...
Emancipation and Protest - Moravian Mission and the Labour Strike in St Kitts
IntroductionTHE GRADUAL EMANCIPATION OF SLAVES had an enormous impact on colonial societies in the Caribbean. The enfranchisement of the slaves was anxiously expected, with government officials and planters concerned about whether the slaves could be...
Fragile Modernities - History and Historiography in Contemporary African Fiction
Literature and historiography share a close, at times even intimate relationship in the history of African letters. When, during the mid-twentieth century struggles against colonialism, African writers began to explore the potential of modem literature...
From Bush Talk to Nation Language - Language Attitudes in Jamaica before and after Independence
This essay deals with changing language attitudes towards Jamaican Creole, from colonial times to the present day. The main hypothesis is that Jamaican Creole should be viewed more positively as a marker of national and cultural identity since Jamaica...
Historiographic Indian English Fiction - Indira Gandhi's Emergency Rule in Midnight's Children, the Great Indian Novel, and A Fine Balance
Emergency in India is a rosy, reforming, revolutionary experience and an enriching experiment in democracy under the existing circumstances; and its flowering success is full justification of the seed planted by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the lightest...
Introduction
- Postcolonial Studies Across the DisciplinesIn June 20ll, the 22nd annual conference of the Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (in the German-speaking countries) took place at Hannover University to discuss "Postcolonial Studies...
Kaliyattam (the Play of God) by Jayaraj - Polymorphous and Postcolonial Poetics in an Indian Othello-Adaptation
Any form of rigid social hierarchy is a form of oppression.1Branded as impure from the moment of birth, one out of six Indians lives - and suffers - at the bottom of the Hindu caste system.2As the Indian scholar of Renaissance literature Sukanta Chaudhuri...
"Mainly Story-Telling and Play-Acting" - Theatricality and the Middle Passage in Barry Unsworth's Sacred Hunger
The most magnificent drama in the last thousand years of human history is the transportation of ten million human beings out of the dark beauty of their mother continent into the new-found Eldorado of the West.1Despite being favourably reviewed on first...
Masking the White Gaze - towards a Postcolonial Art History of Masks
On 23 February 1991, the auction house Lempertz published a catalogue featuring a dossier showcasing Africa. Its title-page shows tiie photographic presentation of a face mask, which, through the use of strong lighting, close-up, and frontal positioning,...
Negotiating Family Models in Jamaican Literature - Class, Race, and Religion
IntroductionFAMILIES ARE ESSENTIAL CONSTITUENTS of most societies. However, families vary so much that it is impossible to give a clear definition. This is the case because they are constructed units that are influenced by different agents or groups...
On the Challenge of De-Provincializing the University Classroom - Teaching African History from a Postcolonial Perspective
For an Africanist historian with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it goes without saying that the exploration of the meanings and repercussions of (post)colonialism is at the core of my research and teaching agendas. That is why I consider...
Othering Otherness - Stephen Muecke's Fictocriticism and the Cosmopolitan Vision
Postcolonial Studies, Alterity and the Cosmopolitan ImaginationHow do scholars of postcolonial studies in the West conceptualize their relation to alterity? Despite all efforts to overcome conceptual binaries of centre/periphery relations, the very notion...
Postcolonial Cultural Studies - Writing a Zulu Woman Back into History
While postcolonial studies has - for a long time and for good reason - been concerned with the critical analysis of literature, the field has recently witnessed some change as scholars have increasingly studied literature as well as other cultural products...
Postcolonial Pursuits in African American Studies - the Later Poems of Claude McKay
There latió nsh i p between postcolonial and African American studies is an uneasy one. The two disciplines have been held apart by institutional, national, and political boundaries, by reservations on the part of individual scholars, and, most importantly,...
Postcolonial Readings in German Secondary Education
The concept of 'strangers' provides rich ground encompassing notions of xenophobia, inter-cultural aspects of colonialism, perception of 'Self and 'Other', and living in a global society with crosscultural relations. "Strangers" is the title which the...
Postcolonial Studies and Atlantic Studies - Interdisciplinary Reflections on Slavery and Empire
This essay originated as a presentation at the 2011 asnel conference; it has been lightly revised but is still recognizably an exploratory position paper, intended to stimulate discussion rather than deliver answers.1 Asked to speak about the importance...
Postcolonial Studies as a Discipline - an External Perspective on Administrative Headaches
THIS CONTRIBUTION IS INFORMED by my recent position as coordinator of the interdisciplinary research initiative 'Relations of Difference - Dynamics of Conflict in Global Perspective' at Leibniz University, Hannover. This initiative brings together junior...
Postcolonial Textiles - Negotiating Dialogue
It is curious - considering the ability of the textile to capture and convey cultural, national, and individual identity - that textiles have enjoyed little attention in postcolonial studies. This essay will consider what the American artist Elaine Reichek...
- Some Notes on What Happens to an Americanist When She Takes Slavery Seriously
HERR DELIUS KAUFTE EINEN NEGER - that is, Mr Delius bought a Negro - is one of the very few sentences in the Bremen Staatsarchiv f f where the fact of slavery appears. In the context of the present collection, slavery as such might not appear as an irritation...
Studying Anglophone Literatures and Cultures in a World of Globalized Modernity - Notes on the 'Frankfurt Experience'
The following reflections are based on my own experiences of various phases of the institutionalization of the comparative study of anglophone literatures and cultures on a global scale, a field of studies that came into being as 'Commonwealth Literature'...
Teaching India in the German EFL Classroom - Issues and Problems
Corne ls en's English G 6 edition for use in Bavaria, published in 2008 for students of Form Ten, is, to my knowledge, the first German EFL textbook featuring India on its cover. It presents two smiling Indian teenage girls dressed in velvet saris; the...
The (Inter)Disciplinarity of Postcolonial Research
In 2008, Liverpool University Press launched a new series, Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines. In their mission statement, the series editors, Graham Huggan and Andrew Thompson, originally sketched this new publishing outlet as an arena for "alternative...
The Perspectives of African Elites on Slavery and Abolition on the Gold Coast (1860-1900) - Newspapers as Sources
When the British founded the Gold Coast Colony in 1874, they abolished slavery and the slave trade there. Earlier, in the 1860s, the Basel Mission Society had ordered its indigenous members to emancipate their slaves. Beginning in the 1860s, there was...
Track Studies - Popular Music and Postcolonial Analysis
To reflect on "Postcolonial Studies Across the Disciplines" with respect to music and musicology is nothing new. It would be wrong to assume that with this text deconstructivist theories and critical theories of culture and eurocentrism are being applied...
Transatlantic Representations of the Revolution in Saint-Domingue at the End of the Eighteenth Century and the Haitian Turn
This essay addresses a set of reflections and questions situated in the interstices between history and historiography, literary and cultural studies, as well as the history of science. These reflections arise from my work on texts that deal with the...
Writing Off-Centre - Global Imagination and Modernism in the Short Fiction of Phyllis Shand Allfrey
What has changed, what has happened, what has put the writer now at such an angle that he cannot pour his mind straight into the old channels of English poetry? Some sort of answer may be suggested by a walk through the streets of any large town. The...
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