Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Colonial Desire

Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race, 1st Edition

By Robert J. C. Young

Routledge

256 pages

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The language of contemporary cultural theory shows remarkable similarities with the patterns of thought which characterised Victorian racial theory. Far from being marked by a separation from the racialised thinking of the past, Colonial Desire shows we are operating in complicity with historical ways of viewing 'the other', both sexually and racially.

Colonial Desire is a controversial and bracing study of the history of Englishness and 'culture'. Robert Young argues that the theories advanced today about post-colonialism and ethnicity are disturbingly close to the colonial discourse of the nineteenth century. 'Englishness', Young argues, has been less fixed and stable than uncertain, fissured with difference and a desire for otherness.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART023000
ART / Popular Culture
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT006000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory