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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
  • Category:
  • Page: 308
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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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Postcolonial Odysseys

Postcolonial Odysseys

Derek Walcott’s Voyages of Homecoming

  • Author: Maeve Tynan
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443830135
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 220
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Postcolonial Odysseys: Derek Walcott’s Voyages of Homecoming highlights the importance of the trope of voyaging in Derek Walcott’s poetics, primarily as it pertains to the poet’s engagement with classical verse. Focusing specifically on the engagement with Homeric myth, and The Odyssey in particular, it articulates the manner in which Walcott’s postcolonial reconfigurations of epic verse both highlights the endurance of the classics as well as demonstrating how cultural practices can remake and transform ancient texts. Concomitant with the poet’s presentation of self as divided, this study traces opposing forces in operation within this trope: a centrifugal force that corresponds to the outward journey away from his island home in search of greater publishing opportunities and broader readerships, and a centripetal force corresponding to the return journey, or homecoming. The enabling potential of Greek myth is marked by a similar to-ing and fro-ing in Walcott’s verse as he repeatedly engages with, and simultaneously disavows, Homeric configurations. Insisting on the reciprocal nature of poetic appropriation, the act of rewriting also signalling new ways of rereading, Walcott’s appropriations effectively enter into a critical dialogue with Homeric verse. Further depth to Walcott’s rewriting of Homer is provided by an analysis of the mediating influence of Euro-American modernism. Through an examination of the postcolonial aftermath of modernism, it challenges the perceived exclusivity of each, illustrating this premise through case studies of Walcott’s relation to both Romare Bearden and James Joyce. This study is therefore interdisciplinary and inter-artistic in nature, transgressing the borderline between poetry and prose, and that of literary and artistic disciplines. Highlighting the permeability of such boundaries, it investigates the journey of Odysseus, as prototypical wanderer, through time and space, from oral to print culture, from word to image.

The Fetish

The Fetish

Literature, Cinema, Visual Art

  • Author: Massimo Fusillo
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1501312383
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 176
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Object fetishism is becoming a more and more pervasive phenomenon. Focusing on literature and the visual arts, including cinema, this book suggests a parallelism between fetishism and artistic creativity, based on a poetics of detail, which has been brilliantly exemplified by Flaubert's style. After exploring canonical accounts of fetishism (Marx, Freud, Benjamin), by combining a historicist approach with theoretical speculation, Massimo Fusillo identifies a few interpretive patterns of object fetishism, such as seduction (from Apollonius of Rhodes to Max Ophüls), memory activation (from Goethe to Louise Bourgeois and Pamuk), and the topos of the animation of the inanimate. Whereas all these patterns are characterized by a projection of emotional values onto objects, modernism highlights a more latent component of object fetishism: the fascination with the alterity of matter, variously inflected by Proust, Woolf, Joyce, Barnes, and Mann. The last turning point in Fusillo's analysis is postmodernism and its obsession with mass media icons-from DeLillo's maximalist frescos and Zadie Smith's reflections on autographs to Palahniuk's porn objects; from pop art to commodity sculpture.

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.

Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique

Literary Form as Postcolonial Critique

Epic Proportions

  • Author: Katharine Burkitt
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317104617
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 176
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Focusing on works by Derek Walcott, Les Murray, Anne Carson, and Bernardine Evaristo, Katharine Burkitt investigates the relationship between literary form and textual politics in postcolonial narrative poems and verse-novels. Burkitt argues that these works disrupt and undermine the traditions of particular forms and genres, and most notably the expectations attached to the prose novel, poetry, and epic. This subversion of form, Burkitt argues, is an important aspect of the texts' postcoloniality as they locate themselves critically in relation to literary convention, and they are all concerned with matters of social, racial, and national identities in a world where these categories are inherently complicated. In addition, the awareness of epic tradition in these texts unites them as 'post-epics', in that as they reuse the myths and motifs of a variety of epics, they question the status of the form, demonstrate it to be inherently malleable, and regenerate its stories for the contemporary world. As she examines the ways in which postcolonial texts rewrite the traditions of classical epics for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Burkitt ties close textual analysis to a critical intervention in the politics of form.

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.

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.

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: 113414220X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 224
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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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.

Milton in France

Milton in France

  • Author: Christophe Tournu
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039116041
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 381
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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."

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.

Postcolonialism in the Wake of the Nairobi Revolution

Postcolonialism in the Wake of the Nairobi Revolution

Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the Idea of African Literature

  • Author: A. Amoko
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230113982
  • Category: History
  • Page: 204
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This work examines both the emergence of African literature and its institutionalization within nationalist African academies. Amoko analyzes the relationship between such institutions of literature and the processes of nationalist legitimization and between colonial and postcolonial school cultures and national cultures.

Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement

Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement

  • Author: Roy, Anjali Gera,Bhatia, Nandi (eds)
  • Publisher: Pearson Education India
  • ISBN: 9332506205
  • Category: India
  • Page: 316
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Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement features fifteen essays that focus on personal, subjective experiences of partition, rather than on official accounts. The book analyses fiction, films, and biographical and autobiographical accounts relating to the experience and influence of Partition. It also studies partition-related migrations not only to and from West Pakistan, East Pakistan, and India, but also to the West. Essays discuss how partition continues to influence cultural identities both in the subcontinent and among the diaspora.

Hidden Mutualities

Hidden Mutualities

Faustian Themes from Gnostic Origins to the Postcolonial

  • Author: Michael Mitchell
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9042021101
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 330
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Hidden mutualities link the work of major postcolonial writers with Christopher Marlowe's drama of the Faustian pact – the manipulation of the material world in exchange for the soul – written as the 'scientific' world-view was emerging which accompanied the imperial expansion of Europe and has determined the economic and social structures of the colonial and postcolonial world. This fascinating study brings together researches in widely different fields to show how Doctor Faustus reflects a Gnostic / Hermetic tradition marginalized within the dominant European power structures. Rediscovered in the Renaissance, and combined with occult arts such as alchemy and magic, this living tradition informs the work of 'Magus' figures such as Pico della Mirandola, Marcilio Ficino, Trithemius, Johannes Reuchlin, Agrippa of Nettesheim, Paracelsus and John Dee, who are reflected in the Faust tradition and in Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest.The second part investigates the dual legacy of the Magus. A counterpoint between a law-governed objective material world and an occult visionary pursuit of the divine potential of the human imagination is traced through the examples of Johan Kepler, Robert Fludd, Isaac Newton, William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, Aleister Crowley, W.B. Yeats, Wolfgang Pauli and C.G. Jung.In the third part, textual analysis reveals how attention to these Faustian themes opens new and exciting critical perspectives in appreciating the works of postcolonial writers, in particularDimetos by Athol Fugard, Disappearance by David Dabydeen, Omeros by Derek Walcott, and the novels of Wilson Harris.

Postcolonial Cinema Studies

Postcolonial Cinema Studies

  • Author: Sandra Ponzanesi,Marguerite Waller
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136592040
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 272
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This collection of essays foregrounds the work of filmmakers in theorizing and comparing postcolonial conditions, recasting debates in both cinema and postcolonial studies. Postcolonial cinema is presented, not as a rigid category, but as an optic through which to address questions of postcolonial historiography, geography, subjectivity, and epistemology. Current circumstances of migration and immigration, militarization, economic exploitation, racial and religious conflict, enactments of citizenship, and cultural self-representation have deep roots in colonial/postcolonial/neocolonial histories. Contributors deeply engage the tense asymmetries bequeathed to the contemporary world by the multiple,diverse, and overlapping histories of European, Soviet, U.S., and multi-national imperial ventures. With interdisciplinary expertise, they discover and explore the conceptual temporalities and spatialities of postcoloniality, with an emphasis on the politics of form, the ‘postcolonial aesthetics’ through which filmmakers challenge themselves and their viewers to move beyond national and imperial imaginaries. Contributors include: Jude G. Akudinobi, Kanika Batra, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Shohini Chaudhuri, Julie F. Codell, Sabine Doran, Hamish Ford, Claudia Hoffmann, Anikó Imre, Priya Jaikumar, Mariam B. Lam, Paulo de Medeiros, Sandra Ponzanesi, Richard Rice, Mireille Rosello and Marguerite Waller.