Postcolonial Imaginings: Fictions of a New World Order

Postcolonial Imaginings: Fictions of a New World Order

by David Punter


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This deeply engaging, historically, and culturally informed book provides new perspectives on a wide range of writers, and at the same time provides a radically new development of many of the most pertinent issues in the field of postcolonial writing and theory. It constitutes a major new engagement between the “postcolonial” and a conception of the literary that is richly innovative in its deployment of psychoanalytic, deconstructive, and other approaches to the text. The book begins with some brief background to the issue of decolonization and its contemporary effects. It is informed throughout by a clear sense of literary and political context, within which chosen texts—by well-known writers (Derek Walcott, Chinua Achebe, Edward Kamau Brathwaite) as well as less well-known ones (Joan Riley, Susan Power, Abdulrazak Gurnah) and writers not often seen in a postcolonial context (James Kelman, Seamus Deane, Hanif Kureishi)—can be situated. The chapters that follow are based around themes such as violent geographics; hallucination, dream and the exotic; mourning and melancholy; diaspora and exile; delocalization and the alibi. This profoundly new approach to the complexities of the postcolonial allows the reader to appreciate some of the richness, but at the same time the political and cultural ambivalence, which underlies postcolonial writing. Throughout the book David Punter continually questions, as one would expect from his many previous books, the definition and scope of the “postcolonial.” It is seen throughout as a phenomenon not restricted to the ex- or neo-colonies but as a key characterisation of all our lives at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is an indissoluble part of the development of national imaginings and, at the same time, an alibi for the emergence of a violently assertive “new world order” committed to the management and obliteration of difference. By juxtaposing texts from different cultural traditions and topographies, from Things Fall Apart to The Bone People, from Anot

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742510869
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

David Punter is professor of English at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Impossibility and Loss Chapter 3 Violent Geographics Chapter 4 Rage and Hatred, Chaos and Ruin Chapter 5 The Phantomatic, the Transcolonial Chapter 6 Haunting the Secret Site Chapter 7 Hallucination, Dream, the Exotic Chapter 8 Shame and Blindness, Meat and Monsters Chapter 9 Mourning and Melancholy, Trauma and Loss Chapter 10 Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Woman Chapter 11 Diaspora and Exile, Arrival Addicted Chapter 12 Delocalization and the Alibi

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