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Problems in Current Theories of Colonial Discourse
Writing of the disparate projects that seek to establish alternative protocols in disciplinary studies, Edward Said finds their common feature to be that all work out of a secular, marginal and
Postcolonial studies : a materialist critique
Postcolonial studies, having had its agenda set by textual idealism early on, has largely ignored or forgotten the breadth of the theoretical terrain available to it. Against this dominant amnesia,
Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature
The ambition of this book is to resituate the problem of ‘world literature’, considered as a revived category of theoretical enquiry, by pursuing the literary-cultural implications of the theory of
The institutionalization of postcolonial studies
Beginnings: colonial discourse analysis Those wanting to understand the beginnings and development of postcolonial studies will readily find numerous Introductions, Readers, Companions, monographs,
The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’
When Lord Jim (1901) is read in conjunction with The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ (1897), the amalgam of defensive and subversive strategies in the later work stands out as an interrogation of the
Speech and Silence in the Fictions of J. M. Coetzee
David Attwell maintains that Coetzee’s novels are ‘directed at understanding the conditions — linguistic, formal, historical and political — governing the writing of fiction in contemporary South
The Postcolonial: Conceptual Category or Chimera?
No discussion of the 'postcolonial' should proceed without participants making known their understanding of the term, for no word is more seductive in appearing to offer limitless possibilities for