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History, Imperialism, Critique
New Essays in World Literature

ISBN 9781138217508
Published August 20, 2018 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines anti-imperialist thought in European philosophy. It features an international group of both emerging and established scholars who directly respond to Timothy Brennan’s far-reaching call to rethink intellectual histories, literary histories, and the reading habits of postcolonialism, in relation to the anti-imperialist tradition of critique. Each contributor rethinks postcolonial and world literature, Continental thought, and intellectual history in relation to anti-imperialist histories and traditions of critique, through geographically diverse analysis.

This book provides a forum for the next generation of scholars to draw on and engage with the marginal yet influential work of the first generation of dissidents within postcolonial studies. It will appeal to researchers and students in the field of postcolonial studies, world literature, geography, and Continental thought.

Table of Contents

Introduction   I: Intellectual History  1. World Literature, the Geist and the East, 1907–1942  Auritro Majumder 2. "Le mot du poète, le mot primitif": Aime Césaire and Vico's Civic Humanism Eric Brandom  3. Rabindranath Tagore's Postcolonialism: A Vision of Decolonialization and a Modernist Idealism Himani Bannerji   4. Voyages of the Self: Muslims as Anticolonial Subjects in Muhammad Iqbal’s Philosophy of History Asher Ghaffar II: Literary History 5. Lu Xun’s Indigenous Modernity: Philology and Resistance in Old Tales Retold Daniel Dooghan  6. Circuits of Influence: Brodsky’s Platonov and the Ontology of Alienation Djordje Popović  7. Aesthetic Re-imaginings of Mexican Sovereignty: Estridentismo’s Anti-Imperialist Avant-garde Christian Gerzso III: Poetic History 8. Vichian Language and the Irish Troubles: Brian Friel’s Translations Sreya Chatterjee 9. The Heavens Look Down Upon Us: José Enrique Rodó and the Spirit of América Marco Katz Montiel 10. Historicizing Language and Temporality in Jose María Arguedas' Deep Rivers Mela Jones Heestand 11. Übermenschen and Untermenschen: Global Nietzsche and Postcolonial Fiction Benjamin Noys Afterword by Timothy Brennan



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Asher Ghaffar is a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University, Canada. His research monograph, Muslims in World Literature: Political Philosophy and Continental Thought, is forthcoming with Routledge in 2019. His most recent essay on Zulfikar Ghose and Hanif Kureishi will appear in The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing, edited by Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam. He is also working on a second poetry collection.