After colonialism: imperial histories and postcolonial by Gyan Prakash

By Gyan Prakash

After Colonialism bargains a clean examine the heritage of colonialism and the alterations in wisdom, disciplines, and identities produced via the imperial adventure. Ranging throughout disciplines--from background to anthropology to literary studies--and throughout regions--from India to Palestine to Latin the US to Europe--the essays during this quantity reexamine colonialism and its aftermath. best literary students, historians, and anthropologists have interaction with fresh theories and views of their particular reviews, exhibiting the centrality of colonialism within the making of the fashionable international and delivering postcolonial reflections at the results and event of empire.

The contributions pass historic research of texts with textual exam of old documents and situate metropolitan cultural practices in engagements with non-metropolitan destinations. Interdisciplinarity the following potential exploring and realigning disciplinary obstacles. participants to After Colonialism comprise Edward acknowledged, Steven Feierman, Joan Dayan, Ruth Phillips, Anthony Pagden, Leonard Blussé, Gauri Viswanathan, Zachary Lockman, Jorge Klor de Alva, Irene Silverblatt, Emily Apter, and Homi Bhabha.

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Class, political upheavals, shifts in economic patterns and organization, war: all these subjects, for great authors like Cervantes, Shakespeare, Montaigne, as well as a host of lesser writers, are enfolded within recurringly renewed structures, visions, stabilities, all of them attesting to the abiding dialectical order represented by Europe itself. The salutary vision of a “world literature” that acquired a redemptive status in the twentieth century coincides with what theorists of colonial geography also articulated.

10 A flexible approach to spatial boundaries gives historians a tool with which to break out of narrow definitions of core and periphery in world history. We do not need to see West African Muslims in a narrow framework that casts them only as bearers of culture from the center of civilization to the periphery. We can see them as West Africans, in economy, in language, and in many elements of discursive practice, and yet at the same time as Muslims. We do not read from a single historical map that inevitably separates Africans from Middle Easterners.

The newer currents in the academy, and the force of what is called theory (a rubric under which were herded many new disciplines like psychoanalysis, linguistics, and Nietzschean philosophy, unhoused from the traditional fields such as philology, moral philosophy, and the natural sciences), acquired prestige and interest; they appeared to undermine the authority and the stability of established canons, well-capitalized fields, long-standing procedures of accreditation, research, and the division of intellectual labor.

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