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Postcolonial theory : a critical introduction

Author: Leela Gandhi
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [1998] ©1998
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Postcolonial Theory is a critical introduction to the burgeoning field of postcolonial studies. Leela Gandhi maps out this field in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism, postmodernism, marxism and feminism. She assesses the contribution of major theorists such as Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha, and also  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leela Gandhi
ISBN: 0231112726 9780231112727 0231112734 9780231112734 1864484314 9781864484311
OCLC Number: 37836729
Notes: "First published in 1998 by Allen & Unwin in Australia"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. After colonialism. The colonial aftermath --
Postcolonial re-membering --
Gandhi and Fanon: the slave's recovery --
2. Thinking otherwise: a brief intellectual history. Marxism, poststructuralism and the problem of humanism --
What is Enlightenment? --
Descartes' error --
Nietzsche's genealogy --
3. Postcolonialism and the new humanities. Provincialising Europe --
Power, knowledge and the humanities --
Oppositional criticism and the new humanities --
The world and the book --
The postcolonial intellectual --
4. Edward Said and his critics. Enter Orientalism --
The Said phenomenon --
Rethinking colonial discourse --
5. Postcolonialism and feminism. Imperialist feminisms: woman (in)difference --
Gendered subalterns: the (Other) woman in the attic --
Conflicting loyalties: brothers v. sisters --
Between men: rethinking the colonial encounter --
6. Imagining community: the question of nationalism. Good and bad nationalisms --
Midnight's children: the politics of nationhood --
A derivative discourse? --
7. One world: the vision of postnationalism. Globalisation, hybridity, diaspora --
Mutual transformations --
Postnational utopias: toward an ethics of hybridity --
8. Postcolonial literatures. Textual politics --
Postcolonial texts, anti-colonial politics --
9. The limits of postcolonial theory. The meta-narrative of colonialism --
The end of colonialism.
Responsibility: Leela Gandhi.


Provides an overview of post colonialism's pervasiveness in the academy. From its influence in Marxism and post structuralism, from the work of Edward Said to Salman Rushdie, from feminist  Read more...


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