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History, Imperialism, Critique

New Essays in World Literature, 1st Edition

Edited by Asher Ghaffar


238 pages

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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, 1907–1942Auritro 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 History5. 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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in New Postcolonialisms

The Routledge Research in New Postcolonialisms Series offers a forum for original and innovative research that explores the changing contexts, emerging potentials, and challenges to postcolonial studies. Postcolonial studies across the social sciences and humanities are in a period of transition and innovation. From the question of the environment and ecological politics, to the development of new theoretical frameworks, to attempts to innovate around the importance of political critique during expanding imperialisms, enclosures, and global violences against people and place, postcolonial studies are never more relevant and, at the same time, challenged. This series seeks to host and so draw into focus emerging inter- and transdisciplinary conversations about the changing contexts and demands of new postcolonial research. Titles within the series range from empirical investigations to theoretical engagements. Authors are scholars working in overlapping fields including human geography, politics, anthropology, literary studies, indigenous studies, development studies, sociology, political ecology, international relations, art and aesthetics, science, technology and media studies, and urban studies. The series seeks to engage with a series of key debates about how new postcolonial landscapes, and new empirical and conceptual terrains are changing the scope, remit, and responsibilities of postcolonial critique. Topics include: the Anthropocene; food studies; comparative urbanisms; mobilities; identity and new political processes; global justice and protest movements; experimental methodology; neo-liberalising governance and governmentality; the commons and new public spaces; violence and new sites of enclosure; the aesthetics, writing, and translation of alterity; territoriality, cosmopolitanism and comparative ontology; digital technologies and mediatised cultures of translation; material and scientific politics; and policy formations. This series provides, then, a forum for cutting edge research and new theoretical perspectives that reflect emerging currents being undertaken around new forms of postcolonial analysis.

This series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, research students and academics, appealing to scholars from a range of academic fields including human geography, sociology, politics and broader interdisciplinary fields of social sciences, arts and humanities.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography