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Marxism, Postcolonial Theory, and the Future of Critique

Critical Engagements with Benita Parry, 1st Edition

Edited by Sharae Deckard, Rashmi Varma

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292 pages

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Using the aesthetic and political concerns of Parry’s oeuvre as a touchstone, this book explores new directions for postcolonial studies, Marxist literary criticism, and world literature in the contemporary moment, seeking to re-imagine the field, and alongside it, new possibilities for left critique. It is the first volume of essays focusing on the field-defining intellectual legacy of the literary scholar Benita Parry. As a leading critic of the post-structuralist turn within postcolonial studies, Parry has not only brought Marxism and postcolonial theory into a productive, albeit tense, dialogue, but has reinvigorated the field by bringing critical questions of resistance and struggle to bear on aesthetic forms. The book’s aim is two-fold: first, to evaluate Parry’s formative influence within postcolonial studies and its interface with Marxist literary criticism, and second, to explore new terrains of scholarship opened up by Parry’s work. It provides a critical overview of Parry’s key interventions, such as her contributions to colonial discourse theory; her debate with Spivak on subaltern consciousness and representation; her critique of post-apartheid reconciliation and neoliberalism in South Africa; her materialist critique of writers such as Kipling, Conrad, and Salih; her work on liberation theory, resistance, and radical agency; as well as more recent work on the aesthetics of "peripheral modernity." The volume contains cutting-edge work on peripheral aesthetics, the world-literary system, critiques of global capitalism and capitalist modernity, and the resurgence of Marxism, communism, and liberation theory by a range of established and new scholars who represent a dissident and new school of thought within postcolonial studies more generally. It concludes with the first-ever detailed interview with Benita Parry about her activism, political commitments, and her life and work as a scholar.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

NEIL LAZARUS

Against the Grain: An Introduction to Benita Parry’s Intellectual Itinerary

SHARAE DECKARD AND RASHMI VARMA

PART I

Aesthetics

1 Against Modernism

TIMOTHY BRENNAN

2 ‘I remember, I remember so as not to forget!’ Orhan Pamuk’s Melancholic Agency and the Splenetic Périples of Mediterranean Writing

NORBERT BUGEJA

3 ‘Broken Histories’: The Modern and the Tribal in Arun Joshi’s The Strange Case of Billy Biswas

RASHMI VARMA

4 Peripheral Irrealisms: Water-spirits, World-Ecology, and Neoliberalism

MICHAEL NIBLETT

5 "Not Even a Sci-Fi Writer": Peripheral Aesthetics, the World-System Novel, and Junot Díaz

SHARAE DECKARD

PART II

Politics

6 Towards a Pre-History of National Liberation Struggle

PETER HALLWARD

7 Disaffection, Sedition, and Resistance: Aurobindo Ghose and Revolutionary Thought

KEYA GANGULY

8 Revolutionary Nationalism and Global Horizons: The Ghadar Party on Ireland and China

PRANAV JANI

9 The Limits of African Nationalism: From Anti-Apartheid Resistance to Postcolonial Critique

DAVID JOHNSON

10 Maverick Marxism? Eclipsed Enlightenments, Horizons of Solidarity and Utopian Realism

CAROLINE ROONEY

PART III

Interlocution

11 "It could be otherwise, it must be otherwise": A Conversation with Benita Parry

SHARAE DECKARD AND RASHMI VARMA

12 "Intellectual Life: A Duty to Dissent": A Graduation Address at the University of York, 12 July 2006

BENITA PARRY

13 Benita Parry’s Position: Talk given at the Benita Parry Conference at the University of Warwick, 17 November 2001

TIMOTHY BRENNAN

Notes on Contributors

Bibliography of Benita Parry’s Works

About the Editors

Sharae Deckard is Lecturer in World Literature at University College Dublin. She is author of Paradise Discourse, Imperialism and Globalization (Routledge 2010) and co-author with the Warwick Research Collective of Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature (Liverpool UP 2015). She has edited special issues of Ariel, The Journal of World-Systems Research, Green Letters, and The Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Her research centres on world-ecology and world-systems approaches to postcolonial and world literature.

Rashmi Varma teaches postcolonial and world literature and transnational feminist theory in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the author of The Postcolonial City and Its Subjects (2012) and of the forthcoming Modern Tribal: Representing Indigeneity in Postcolonial India. She is a founding editorial collective member of the journal Feminist Dissent. Most recently, she has co-edited (with Subir Sinha) a symposium on Marxism and postcolonial theory for the journal Critical Sociology.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT025030
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics
POL005000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism