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The Postcolonial Epic

The Postcolonial Epic

From Melville to Walcott and Ghosh

  • Author: Sneharika Roy
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1351201573
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 208
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This book demonstrates the epic genre’s enduring relevance to the Global South. It identifies a contemporary avatar of classical epic, the ‘postcolonial epic’, ushered in by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, a foundational text of North America, and exemplified by Derek Walcott’s Caribbean masterpiece Omeros and Amitav Ghosh’s South Asian saga, the Ibis trilogy. The work focuses on the epic genre’s rich potential to articulate postimperial concerns with nation and migration across the Global North/South divide. It foregrounds postcolonial developments in the genre including a shift from politics to political economy, subaltern reconfigurations of capitalist and imperial temporalities, and the poststructuralist preoccupation with language and representation. In addition to bringing to light hitherto unexamined North/South affiliations between Melville, Walcott and Ghosh, the book proposes a fresh approach to epic through the comparative concept of ‘political epic’, where an avowed national politics promoting a culture’s ‘pure’ origins coexists uneasily with a disavowed poetics of intertextual borrowing from ‘other’ cultures. An important intervention in literary studies, this volume will interest scholars and researchers of postcolonial studies, especially South Asian and Caribbean literature, Global South studies, transnational studies and cultural studies.

Lying on the Postcolonial Couch

Lying on the Postcolonial Couch

The Idea of Indifference

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
  • ISBN: 9781452904108
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  • Page: 308
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Locating Postcolonial Narrative Genres

Locating Postcolonial Narrative Genres

  • Author: Walter Goebel,Saskia Schabio
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135936307
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 230
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This volume explores how postcolonial texts have determined the evolution or emergence of specific formal innovations in narrative genres. While the prominence of questions of cultural identity in postcolonial studies has prevented due attention to concerns of literary form and aesthetics, this book gives premium to the literary, aiming to delineate the evolution of specific narrative techniques as part of an emerging postcolonial aesthetics. Essays delineate elements of an emergent postcolonial narratology across a variety of seminal generic forms, such as the epic, the novel, the short story, the autobiography, and the folk tale, focusing on genre as a powerful tool for the historicizing of literature and orature within cultural discourses. Investigating the heuristic value of concepts such as mimicry, writing back, translation, negotiation, or subversion, the book considers the value of explanatory paradigms for postcolonial generic models. It also explores the status of postcolonial comparative aesthetics versus globalization studies and liberal concepts of the transnational, taking issue with the prominence of Western concepts of identity in discussions of postcolonial literature and the favoring of mimetic forms. This volume offers a unique contribution to the study of narrative genre in postcolonial literatures and provides valuable insight into the field of postcolonial studies on the whole.

Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique

Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique

Epic Proportions

  • Author: Katharine Burkitt
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1409405990
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 162
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Focusing on works by Derek Walcott, Les Murray, Anne Carson and Bernardine Evaristo, Burkitt investigates the relationship between literary form and textual politics in postcolonial narrative poems and verse-novels. Her book makes a critical intervention in the politics of literary form as she notes the way works by these authors disrupt and undermine the expectations attached to particular genres and literary traditions.

The Post Colonial Orient

The Post Colonial Orient

The Politics of Difference and the Project of Provincialising Europe

  • Author: Vasant Kaiwar
  • Publisher: Historical Materialism
  • ISBN: 9781608464791
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 415
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In this incisive and impeccably researched critique of Postcolonialism, Kaiwar argues that subaltern studies itself is marred by orientalism.

The Post-colonial Condition of African Literature

The Post-colonial Condition of African Literature

  • Author: Daniel Gover,John Conteh-Morgan,Jane Bryce
  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • ISBN: 9780865437715
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 149
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A collection of ten articles on African literature selected from papers presented at the 1995 conference of the African Literature Association held in Columbus, Ohio.

Hellenism and the Postcolonial Imagination

Hellenism and the Postcolonial Imagination

Yeats, Cavafy, Walcott

  • Author: Martin McKinsey
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
  • ISBN: 0838642012
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 223
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Caribbean-English Passages

Caribbean-English Passages

Intertexuality in a Postcolonial Tradition

  • Author: Tobias Döring
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134520905
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 256
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Tobias Döring uses Postcolonialism as a backdrop to examine and question the traditional genres of travel writing, nature poetry, adventure tales, autobiography and the epic, assessing their relevance to, and modification by, the Caribbean experience. Caribbean-English Passages opens an innovative and cross-cultural perspective, in which familiar oppositions of colonial/white versus postcolonial/black writing are deconstructed. English identity is thereby questioned by this colonial contact, and Caribbean-English writing radically redraws the map of world literature. This book is essential reading for students of Postcolonial Literature at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Beyond the Postcolonial

Beyond the Postcolonial

World Englishes Literature

  • Author: E. Dawson Varughese
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 113726523X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 239
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With the backdrop of new global powers, this volume interrogates the state of writing in English. Strongly interdisciplinary, it challenges the prevailing orthodoxy of postcolonial literary theory. An insistence on fieldwork and linguistics makes this book scene-changing in its approach to understanding and reading emerging literature in English.

The Postcolonial Short Story

The Postcolonial Short Story

Contemporary Essays

  • Author: Maggie Awadalla,Paul March-Russell
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137292083
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 227
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This book puts the short story at the heart of contemporary postcolonial studies and questions what postcolonial literary criticism may be. Focusing on short fiction between 1975 and today – the period in which critical theory came to determine postcolonial studies – it argues for a sophisticated critique exemplified by the ambiguity of the form.

Satire and the Postcolonial Novel

Satire and the Postcolonial Novel

V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie

  • Author: John Clement Ball
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135451486
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 224
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Satire plays a prominent and often controversial role in postcolonial fiction. Satire and the Postcolonial Novel offers the first study of this topic, employing the insights of postcolonial comparative theories to revisit Western formulations of "satire" and the "satiric."

Secularism in the Postcolonial Indian Novel

Secularism in the Postcolonial Indian Novel

National and Cosmopolitan Narratives in English

  • Author: Neelam Srivastava
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134142218
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 224
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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

On the Death of the Pilgrim: The Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Jarava Lal Mehta

On the Death of the Pilgrim: The Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Jarava Lal Mehta

  • Author: Thomas B Ellis
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400752318
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 212
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This searching examination of the life and philosophy of the twentieth-century Indian intellectual Jarava Lal Mehta details, among other things, his engagement with the oeuvres of Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Jacques Derrida. It shows how Mehta’s sense of cross-cultural philosophy and religious thought were affected by these engagements, and maps the two key contributions Mehta made to the sum of human ideas. First, Mehta outlined what the author dubs a ‘postcolonial hermeneutics’ that uses the ‘ethnotrope’ of the pilgrim to challenge the philosophical hermeneutic emphasis on supplementation and augmentation. For Mehta, the hermeneutic encounter ruptures, rather than supplements, the self. Secondly, Mehta extended this concept of hermeneutics to interrogate the Hindu tradition, arriving at the concept of the ‘negative messianic’. In contrast to Derrida's emphasis on the 'one to come', Mehta shows how the Hindu bhakti model represents the very opposite, that is, the 'withdrawn other,' identifying thereby the ethical pitfalls of deconstructivism's emphasis on the messianic tradition. This is the only full-length study in English of this high-profile Hindu philosopher.

The Long Space

The Long Space

Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form

  • Author: Peter Hitchcock
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780804773409
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 320
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The resurgence of "world literature" as a category of study seems to coincide with what we understand as globalization, but how does postcolonial writing fit into this picture? Beyond the content of this novel or that, what elements of postcolonial fiction might challenge the assumption that its main aim is to circulate native information globally? The Long Space provides a fresh look at the importance of postcolonial writing by examining how it articulates history and place both in content and form. Not only does it offer a new theoretical model for understanding decolonization's impact on duration in writing, but through a series of case studies of Guyanese, Somali, Indonesian, and Algerian writers, it urges a more protracted engagement with time and space in postcolonial narrative. Although each writer—Wilson Harris, Nuruddin Farah, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Assia Djebar—explores a unique understanding of postcoloniality, each also makes a more general assertion about the difference of time and space in decolonization. Taken together, they herald a transnationalism beyond the contaminated coordinates of globalization as currently construed.

The Cambridge Companion to the Epic

The Cambridge Companion to the Epic

  • Author: Catherine Bates
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139828274
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: N.A
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Every great civilisation from the Bronze Age to the present day has produced epic poems. Epic poetry has always had a profound influence on other literary genres, including its own parody in the form of mock-epic. This Companion surveys over four thousand years of epic poetry from the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh to Derek Walcott's postcolonial Omeros. The list of epic poets analysed here includes some of the greatest writers in literary history in Europe and beyond: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Camões, Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats and Pound, among others. Each essay, by an expert in the field, pays close attention to the way these writers have intimately influenced one another to form a distinctive and cross-cultural literary tradition. Unique in its coverage of the vast scope of that tradition, this book is an essential companion for students of literature of all kinds and in all ages.

Milton in France

Milton in France

  • Author: Christophe Tournu
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039116041
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 381
  • View: 5799
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This volume contains a selection of essays presented at the 8th International Milton Symposium, -Milton, Rights and Liberties-, which was held in Grenoble, France, 7-11 June 2005. It was the first time ever that such a major event was organized in France, hence the volume's title. Moreover, Milton's writings influenced key figures of the French Revolution. The essays presented in this volume were written by emerging as well as confirmed Milton scholars from around the world. Topics range from Romanticism (Milton and Wordsworth) to a psychoanalytic reading of Milton, from the iconography of the garden in "Paradise Lost" to the prosody of "Samson Agonistes," from Derridean readings of Milton to Milton's presence in Brazil and China. Another volume of essays entitled "Milton, Rights and Liberties" was published in 2007."

Postcolonial Moves

Postcolonial Moves

Medieval through Modern

  • Author: P. Ingham,M. Warren
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1403980233
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 264
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Much theoretical and historical work engaged with the question of the "postcolonial" is built upon an imagined, unified premodern "Middle Ages" in Europe. One of the results of this has been that in recent years scholars in medieval and early modern studies have been critically assessing the uses of postcolonial and subaltern theoretical perspectives in their fields, and considering what their periods have to say to postcolonial theorists. This book offers a series of original essays that explore with specificity the methodological, textual, cultural, and historiographic moves required for postcolonial engagements with premodern times.

Haiti Unbound

Haiti Unbound

A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon

  • Author: Kaiama L. Glover
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • ISBN: 1846314992
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 262
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Haiti has long been relegated to the margins of the so-called New World. Marked by exceptionalism, the voices of some of its most important writers have consequently been muted by the geopolitical realities of the nation's fraught history. In Haiti Unbound, Kaiama L. Glover offers a close look at the works of three such writers: the Haitian Spiralists Frankétienne, Jean-Claude Fignolé, and René Philoctète. While Spiralism has been acknowledged as a crucial contribution to the French-speaking Caribbean literary tradition, it has not been given the sustained attention of a full-length study. Glover's book represents the first effort to consider the works of the three Spiralist authors both individually and collectively, filling an important gap in postcolonial Francophone and Caribbean studies.

Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

A Routledge Study Guide

  • Author: Alex Tickell
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134245033
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 200
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On publication Arundhati Roy's first novel The God of Small Things (1997) rapidly became an international bestseller, winning the Booker Prize and creating a new space for Indian literature and culture within the arts, even as it courted controversy and divided critical opinion. This guide to Roy’s ground-breaking novel offers: an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of The God of Small Things a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present a selection of new essays and reprinted critical essays by Padmini Mongia, Aijaz Ahmad, Brinda Bose, Anna Clarke, Émilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas and Alex Tickell on The God of Small Things, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of The God of Small Things and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Roy's text.

Woman as Fire, Woman as Sage

Woman as Fire, Woman as Sage

Sexual Ideology in the Mahabharata

  • Author: Arti Dhand
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 0791479889
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 264
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Explores ideas on women and sexuality presented in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.