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By Gyan Prakash

After Colonialism deals a clean examine the heritage of colonialism and the adjustments in wisdom, disciplines, and identities produced via the imperial event. Ranging throughout disciplines--from historical past to anthropology to literary studies--and throughout regions--from India to Palestine to Latin the USA to Europe--the essays during this quantity reexamine colonialism and its aftermath. prime literary students, historians, and anthropologists interact with contemporary theories and views of their particular stories, displaying the centrality of colonialism within the making of the fashionable international and supplying postcolonial reflections at the results and adventure of empire.

The contributions go old research of texts with textual exam of ancient files and situate metropolitan cultural practices in engagements with non-metropolitan destinations. Interdisciplinarity the following ability exploring and realigning disciplinary obstacles. individuals to After Colonialism contain Edward stated, 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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Hans Joachim Schulz and Phillip K. Rein (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1973), p. 211. : Harvard University Press, 1972), pp. 57–130; Claudio Guillérn, Entre lo uno y lo diverso: Introducción a la literatura comparada (Barcelona: Editorial Critica, 1985), pp. 54– 121. 4. Erich Auerbach, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature, trans. Willard Trask (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953). See also Said, “Secular Criticism,” in The World, the Text, and the Critic, pp.

That all this occurred in the modest and circumscribed terrain of cultural-academic praxis simultaneously with the great wave of anti-war, anti-imperialist protest was not fortuitous but, rather, a genuine political and intellectual conjuncture. There is considerable irony that our search in the metropolis for a newly invigorated, reclaimed tradition follows the exhaustion of modernism and is expressed variously as post-modernism or, as I said earlier, citing Lyotard, as the loss of the legitimizing power of the narratives of Western emancipation and enlightenment; simultaneously, modernism is rediscovered in the formerly colonized, peripheral world, where resistance, the logic of daring, and various investigations of age-old tradition (al-Turath, in the Islamic world) together set the tone.

So we should first take scrupulous note of how in Central and Latin America— to mention the most obvious—as well as in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, the United States has replaced the great earlier empires and is the dominant outside force. Looked at honestly, the record is not a good one. United States military interventions since World War Two have occurred (and are still occurring) on nearly every continent, many of great complexity and extent, with tremendous national investment, as we are now only beginning to understand.

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