By Ania Loomba
Prompt on classes throughout educational disciplines and world wide, Ania Loomba’s Colonialism/Postcolonialism is accredited because the crucial advent to this bright and politically charged zone of literary and cultural examine. This remarkably complete but obtainable advisor to the historic and theoretical dimensions of colonial and postcolonial stories introduces and examines: key gains of the ideologies and historical past of colonialism the connection of colonial discourse to literature demanding situations to colonialism, together with anticolonial discourses contemporary advancements in postcolonial theories and histories problems with sexuality and colonialism, and the intersection of feminist and postcolonial notion. With prolonged assurance of rising debates round globalization, in addition to a completely up-to-date bibliography, this moment version will proceed to function the ideal consultant for college kids new to colonial discourse idea, postcolonial stories or postcolonial thought.
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Extra resources for Colonialism Postcolonialism (The New Critical Idiom)
As we will see, many writings on postcolonialism emphasise concepts like ‘hybridity’ and fragmentation and diversity, and yet they routinely claim to be describing ‘the postcolonial condition’, or ‘the postcolonial subject’ or ‘the postcolonial woman’. At best, such terms are no more than a helpful shorthand, because they do not allow for differences between distinct kinds of colonial situations, or the workings of class, gender, location, race, caste or ideology among people whose lives have been restructured by colonial rule.
When you examine at close quarters the colonial context, it is evident that what parcels out the world is to begin with the fact of belonging to or not belonging to a given race, a given species. In the colonies the economic sub-structure is also a super- situating postcolonial studies structure. The cause is the consequence; you are rich because you are white, you are white because you are rich. This is why Marxist analysis should always be slightly stretched every time we have to do with the colonial problem.
And to place Othello in one of the cultures of ‘his’ origin is to allow us to rethink the entire history of the play. But at the same time, Shakespeare’s drama is about a black man trying to live in a white society, assimilating yet maintaining his identity. His loneliness is an integral feature of the play—he is isolated from other black people, from his history and culture. To place Shakespeare’s Othello in South Africa is to open up a powerful new reading of the play, but also to elide two different kinds of marginality: the one which arises out of displacement and another in which black people and cultures were victimised but not literally isolated from each other.
Colonialism Postcolonialism (The New Critical Idiom) by Ania Loomba