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Textual traffic : colonialism, modernity, and the economy of the text

Author: Subramanian Shankar
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2001.
Series: SUNY series, explorations in postcolonial studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Textual Traffic, S. Shankar clarifies notions of modernity and postmodernity by lucidly examining their relationship to colonialism. In the process, he challenges current emphases in cultural criticism through an exploration of what it means to regard the text as an economy and carries out a detailed scrutiny of travel narratives as a genre."
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Subramanian Shankar
ISBN: 0791449912 9780791449912 0791449920 9780791449929
OCLC Number: 44632989
Description: xvii, 224 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: textual economics, the modern, and the postmodern --
Travel narratives and Gulliver's travels --
Into darkness and out of it --
Wright and wrong in a land of pathos --
V.S. Naipaul, modernity, and postcolonial excrement.
Series Title: SUNY series, explorations in postcolonial studies.
Responsibility: S. Shankar.

Abstract:

"In Textual Traffic, S. Shankar clarifies notions of modernity and postmodernity by lucidly examining their relationship to colonialism. In the process, he challenges current emphases in cultural criticism through an exploration of what it means to regard the text as an economy and carries out a detailed scrutiny of travel narratives as a genre."

"Paying particular attention to representations of Africa and India, Shankar tracks the historical contours of a colonial modernity in a wide variety of travel narratives - African-American and postcolonial, canonical and filmic - drawn from different periods of the twentieth century. Included are explorations of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and Men, Richard Wright's Black Power, V.S. Naipaul's India trilogy, and Stephen Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."--Jacket.

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