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Popular Postcolonialisms

Discourses of Empire and Popular Culture, 1st Edition

Edited by Nadia Atia, Kate Houlden

Routledge

276 pages

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Drawing together the insights of postcolonial scholarship and cultural studies, Popular Postcolonialisms questions the place of ‘the popular’ in the postcolonial paradigm. Multidisciplinary in focus, this collection explores the extent to which popular forms are infused with colonial logics, and whether they can be employed by those advocating for change. It considers a range of fiction, film, and non-hegemonic cultural forms, engaging with topics such as environmental change, language activism, and cultural imperialism alongside analysis of figures like Tarzan and Frankenstein. Building on the work of cultural theorists, it asks whether the popular is actually where elite conceptions of the world may best be challenged. It also addresses middlebrow cultural production, which has tended to be seen as antithetical to radical traditions, asking whether this might, in fact, form an unlikely realm from which to question, critique, or challenge colonial tropes. Examining the ways in which the imprint of colonial history is in evidence (interrogated, mythologized or sublimated) within popular cultural production, this book raises a series of speculative questions exploring the interrelation of the popular and the postcolonial.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Introduction

NADIA ATIA AND KATE HOULDEN

PART I

The Radical Popular

1 ‘Welcome to The University of Brixton’: BBC Radio and the West Indian Everyday

RACHAEL GILMOUR

2 FUTURE HISTORIES – an Activist Practice of Archiving

ALDA TERRACCIANO

3 Sequential Art in the Age of Postcolonial Production: Comics Collectives in Israel and South Africa

CHARLOTTA SALMI

PART II

The Middlebrow

4 Murder in Mesopotamia: Agatha Christie’s Life and Work in the Middle East

NADIA ATIA

5 ‘Junior Romantic Anthropologist Bore’: Colin MacInnes’s Critical Adventures in Post-war Multiracial Britain

ALICE FERREBE

6 Tarzan the Ape Man: Screening ‘the subordination of women, nature and colonies’ in the 1930s

CHRIS CAMPBELL

PART III

Commodification

7 Subcultural Fiction and the Market for Multiculturalism

SARAH ILOTT

8 Everything Must Go: Popularity and the Postcolonial Novel

SAM GOODMAN

9 Consuming Post-millennial Indian Chick Lit: Visuality and the Popular in Post-millennial India

E. DAWSON VARUGHESE

PART IV

Technology

10 Monster Mines and Pipelines: Frankenstein Figures of Tar Sands Technology in Canadian Popular Culture

MARK A. MCCUTCHEON

11 African or Virtual, Popular or Poetry: The Spoken Word Platform Word N Sound Series

RICARDA DE HAAS

12 The Postcolonial Geek and Popular Culture in a Global Era

WENDY KNEPPER

Index

About the Editors

Nadia Atia is Senior Lecturer in World Literature in the Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Kate Houlden is Senior Lecturer in World Literature in the Department of English, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

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
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture