1st Edition

The Postcolonial World

ISBN 9781138778078
Published August 31, 2016 by Routledge
582 Pages

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Book Description

The Postcolonial World presents an overview of the field and extends critical debate in exciting new directions. It provides an important and timely reappraisal of postcolonialism as an aesthetic, political, and historical movement, and of postcolonial studies as a multidisciplinary, transcultural field. Essays map the terrain of the postcolonial as a global phenomenon at the intersection of several disciplinary inquiries. Framed by an introductory chapter and a concluding essay, the eight sections examine:

  • Affective, Postcolonial Histories
  • Postcolonial Desires
  • Religious Imaginings
  • Postcolonial Geographies and Spatial Practices
  • Human Rights and Postcolonial Conflicts
  • Postcolonial Cultures and Digital Humanities
  • Ecocritical Inquiries in Postcolonial Studies
  • Postcolonialism versus Neoliberalism

The Postcolonial World looks afresh at re-emerging conditions of postcoloniality in the twenty-first century and draws on a wide range of representational strategies, cultural practices, material forms, and affective affiliations. The volume is an essential reading for scholars and students of postcolonialism.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Jyotsna G. Singh

Part 1: Affective, Postcolonial Histories

1. On Postcolonial Happiness, Ananya Jahanara Kabir

2. On Not Closing the Loop: Empathy, Ethics, and Transcultural Witnessing, Stef Craps

3. Affective Histories and Partition Narratives in Postcolonial South Asia: Qurratulain Hyder’s Sita Betrayed, Rituparna Mitra

4. The Unsettled Space of Interlocking Kurdish-Jewish Identities in Samir Naqqash’s Shlomo Alkurdi, Myself and Time (2004), Amel Mahmoud

Part 2: Postcolonial Desires

5. Queers In-between: Globalizing Sexualities, Local Resistances, Abdulhamit Arvas

6. From Morality to Desire: The Role of the Westernized Woman in Post-Independence Pakistani Cinema, Sadaf Ahmad

7. Queer Camouflage as Survival, Presence, and Expressive Capital in the Postcolonial Artwork of Kiam Marcelo Junio, Jan Bernabe

8. Fictive Identities on a Diasporic Ethnic Stage: A "Modern Girl" Consumed in Dominican Beauty Pageants, Danny Mendez

Part 3: Religious Imaginings

9. "Postcolonial Remains": Critical Religion, Postcolonial Theory, and Deconstructing the Secular-Religious Binary, Timothy Fitzgerald

10. Gods in a Democracy: State of Nature, Postcolonial Politics, and Bengali Mangalkabyas, Milinda Banerjee

11. Imagining the "Muslim" Woman: Religious Movements and Constructions of Gender in the Subcontinent, Meryem Zaman

Part 4: Postcolonial Geographies and Spatial Practices

12. Re-Presenting Postcolonial Zanzibar in Contested Literary, Cultural, and Political Geographies, Garth Myers

13. Transcolonial Cartographies: Kateb Yacine and Mohamed Rouabhi Stage Palestine in France-Algeria, Olivia Harrison

14. Virtual Encounters in Postcolonial Spaces: Nollywood Movies about Mobile Telephony, Carmela Garritano

15. Curio Fever: Orientalism, Occidentalism, and the Archive of Japan’s Theatrical Past, Jonathan Zwicker

Part 5: Human Rights and Postcolonial Conflicts

16. Inhospitality European Style: The Failures of Human Rights, Ali Behdad

17. "Always on Top?" The Responsibility to Protect and the Persistence of Colonialism, Jessica Whyte

18. Human Rights, Public Health and the Historical Origins of Drug Detention in Vietnam: Lessons from the Colonial Archives, Claire Edington

Part 6: Postcolonial Cultures and Digital Humanities

19. Breaking and Building: The Case for Postcolonial Digital Humanities, Roopika Risam

20. Subaltern Archives, Digital Historiographies, Angel David Nieves and Siobhan Senier

21. If Fanon Had Facebook: Postcolonial Knowledge, Rhizomes, and the Gnosis of the Digital, Adeline Koh

Part 7: Ecocritical Inquiries in Postcolonial Studies

22. "Ill Fares the Land": Ecology, Capitalism, and Literature in (Post-) Celtic Tiger Ireland, Eoin Flannery

23. Toxic Bodies and Alien Agencies: Ecocritical Perspectives on Ecological Others, Serpil Oppermann

24. Rethinking Postcolonial Resistance in Niger-Delta Literature: An Ecocritical Reading of Okpewho’s Tides and Ojaide’s The Activist, Cajetan Iheka

25. Relating to and Through the Land: An Ecology of Relations in Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka, Kirk Sides

Part 8: Postcolonialism versus Neoliberalism

26. Unlocking History: Postcolonial Ethics and the Critique of Neoliberalism, Filippo Menozzi

27. The Journey of the West African Migrant: Francophone Cinematic Representations in Frontières, Bamako, and La Pirogue, Kenneth Harrow

28. Boutique Ethnicity: On African Ancestry and Neoliberal Economies of the Self, David Bering Porter

29. Neoliberal Colonialism? A Postcolonial Reading of "Land Grabbing" in Africa, Kate Manzo and Rory Padfield

Conclusion: What is the Postcolonial World? Assembling, Networking, Traveling, David Kim

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Jyotsna G. Singh is Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University, USA.

David D. Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages at the University of California Los Angeles, USA.