Literature for Our Times.
Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century.
Ashcroft, Bill, Ranjini Mendis, Julie McGonegal, and Arun Mukherjee (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2012, XXXV, 665 pp.
Introduction by Bill Ashcroft.
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Literature for Our Times offers the widest range of essays on present and future directions in postcolonial studies ever gathered together in one volume. Demonstrating the capacity of different approaches and methodologies to ‘live together’ in a spirit of ‘convivial democracy’, these essays range widely across regions, genres, and themes to suggest the many different directions in which the field is moving. Beginning with an engagement with global concerns such as world literatures and cosmopolitanism, translation, diaspora and migrancy, established and emerging critics demonstrate the ways in which postcolonial analysis continues to offer valuable ways of analysing the pressing issues of a globalizing world. The field of Dalit studies is added to funda¬mental interests in gender, race, and indigeneity, while the neglected site of the post¬colonial city, the rising visibility of terrorism, and the continuing importance of trauma and loss are all addressed through an analysis of particular texts. In all of these ap¬proaches, the versatility and adaptability of postcolonial theory is seen at its most energetic.
Contributors: Satish Aikant, Jeannette Armstrong, John Clement Ball, Elena Basile, Nela Bureu Ramos, Debjani Ganguly, K.A. Geetha, Henry A. Giroux, John C. Hawley, Sissy Helff, Feroza Jussawalla, Chelva Kanaganayakam, Dorothy Lane, Pamela McCallum, Sam McKegney, Michaela Moura–Koçoglu, Angelie Multani, Kavita Ivy Nandan, Stephen Ney, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Mumia G. Osaaji, Marilyn Adler Papayanis, Summer Pervez, Fred Ribkoff, Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, Anjali Gera Roy, Frank Schulze–Engler, Paul Sharrad, Lincoln Z. Shlensky, K. Satyanarayana, Vandana Saxena, P. Sivakami, Pilar Somacarrera, Susan Spearey, Cheryl Stobie, Robert J.C. Young
Table of Contents
Ranjini Mendis: Preface and Acknowledgements
Bill Ashcroft: Introduction: A Convivial Critical Democracy – Post-Colonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century
The Idea of (Postcolonial) Literature: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
Frank Schulze–Engler: The Commonwealth Legacy: Towards a Decentred Reading of World Literature
Debjani Ganguly: Global Literary Refractions: Reading Pascale Casanova’s The World Republic of Letters in the Post-Cold War Era
Lincoln Z. Shlensky: Not (Yet) Speaking to Each Other: The Politics of Speech in Jamaica Kincaid’s Postcolonialism
Paul Sharrad: Frailty and Feeling: Literature for Our Times
Nela Bureu Ramos: Spaces of Desire: A Pleasant Séjour in Robert Kroetsch’s The Hornbooks of Rita K
After Said: Imperial Scholarship, Race, and Ethnicity
Daniel Sanjiv Roberts: From Indomania to Indophobia: Thomas De Quincey’s Providential Orientalism
Satish C. Aikant: Rebels of Empire: The Human Idiom in Ruskin Bond’s A Flight of Pigeons
Translations and Transformations
Ngugi wa Thiong’o: A Multi-Centred Globe: Translation as the Language of Languages
John C. Hawley: Ngugi’s Wizard of the Crow and the Edifice Complex
Mumia G. Osaaji: Re-membering the Dismembered: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Language, Resistance, and Identity-Formation
Elena Basile: Scars of Language in Translation: The ‘Itchy’ Poetics of Jam Ismail
Robert J.C. Young: English in the Languages of Cultural Encounters
Literatures of Diaspora and Migrancy
Sissy Helff: The Missing Link: Transculturation, Hybridity, and/or Transculturality?
John Clement Ball: Drickie Potter and the Annihilating Sea: Reading Jamaica Kincaid’s Waves of Nothingness
Anjali Gera Roy: Bhangra Boomerangs: Re-Imagining Apna Punjab
Dorothy Lane: “Trading Places in the Promised Lands”: Indian Pilgrimage Paradigms in Postcolonial Travel Narratives
Kavita Ivy Nandan: Writing as Healing: Fijindians – The Twice Banished?
Feroza Jussawalla: To Veil or Not to Veil: Muslim Women Writers Speak Their Rights
Cheryl Stobie: Gendered Bodies in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus
Marilyn Adler Papayanis: Bearing Witness: Gender, Apocalypse, and History
Indigenous Literatures, Literatures of the Land: An Ethos for These Times
Jeannette Armstrong: Literature of the Land: An Ethos for These Times
Sam McKegney: Masculindians: The Violence and Voyeurism of Male Sibling Relationships in Recent First-Nations Fiction
Michaela Moura–Koçoglu: From Noble Savage to Brave New Warrior? Constructions of a Maori Tradition of Warfare
Chelva Kanaganayakam: A Native Clearing Revisited: Positioning Philippine Literature
Stephen Ney: Asia’s Christian-Latin Nation? Postcolonial Reconfigurations in the Literature of the Philippines
Dalit Literature and Its Criticism
K.A. Geetha: A Dalit Among Dalits: The Angst of Tamil Dalit Women
P. Sivakami: Tamil Dalit Literature: Some Riddles
K. Satyanarayana: Categories of Caste, Class, and Telugu Dalit Literature
Vandana Saxena and Angelie Multani: Plotting Hogwarts: Situating the School Ideologically and Culturally
Pamela McCallum: Streets and Transformation in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and “Stuart”
Terrorism, Trauma, Loss
Fred Ribkoff: Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief” and the Politics of Mourning in the Aftermath of the Air India Bombing
Susan Spearey: Affect and the Ethics of Reading ‘Post-Conflict’ Memoirs: Revisiting Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull and Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
Summer Pervez: Literature as Arduous Conversation: Terrorism and Racial Politics in Hanif Kureishi’s Borderline, “My Son the Fanatic,” and The Black Album
Pilar Somacarrera: “Witness is what you must bear”: Politics in Margaret Atwood’s Poetry
Henry A. Giroux: Collaterally Damaged: Youth in a Post-9/11 World
Notes on Contributors and Editors
The Editors: Bill Ashcroft is a founding theorist of postcolonial studies, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, and author of sixteen books and over 150 articles and chapters. Ranjini Mendis is Associate Editor of the open-access journal Postcolonial Text. She teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. Julie McGonegal teaches English at Laurentian University at Georgian College. She is the author of Imagining Justice: The Politics of Postcolonial Reconciliation. Arun Mukherjee teaches English at York University in Toronto. She recently translated the Marathi Dalit writer Sharankumar Limbale’s novel Hindu.