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Postcolonial studies and beyond
Loomba, Ania.
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Beyond what? An introduction / Beyond the straits: postcolonial allegories of the globe / On globalization, again! / The ruins of empire: the national and global politics of America's return to Rome / The economic image-function of the periphery / The end of history, again? Pursuing the past in the postcolony / A flight from freedom / Decomposing modernity: history and hierarchy after development / "The deep thoughts the one in need falls into": quotidian experience and the perspectives of poetry in postliberation South Africa / Between the Burqa and the beauty parlor? Globalization, cultural nationalism, and feminist politics / Environmentalism and postcolonialism / Beyond black Atlantic and postcolonial studies: the South African differences of Sol Plaatje and Peter Abrahams / Pathways to postcolonial nationhood: the democratization of difference in contemporary Latin America / Traveling multiculturalism: a trinational debate in translation / The ballad of the sad café: Israeli leisure, Palestinian terror, and the post/colonial question / Hybridity and heresy: apartheid comparative religion in late antiquity / Eugenic woman, semicolonialism, and colonial modernity as problems for postcolonial theory / The social construction of postcolonial studies / Postcolonial studies and the study of history / The politics of postcolonial modernism
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An interdisciplinary collection of essays designed to map out a wide-ranging and productive future for postcolonial studies, this volume assesses the current state of the field and points toward its most promising new developments. In addressing questions about the definition and relevance of postcolonial scholarship, many of the essays consider its relation to the study of globalization. While some contributors offer broad reflections on the existing two-way influence between postcolonial theory and established university disciplines such as literary criticism and history, others forge ahead into some vital, if nascent, areas for postcolonial research such as media studies, environmental studies, religious studies, and linguistic and semantic analysis.

The contributors represent many of the fields altered by postcolonial studies over the past two decades, including literary studies, history, anthropology, Asian and African studies, and political science. They model diverse applications of postcolonial theory to Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Postcolonial Studies and Beyond propels the field forward. It showcases scholars coming from intellectual precincts usually considered outside the purview of the postcolonial finding new ways to deploy classic techniques of postcolonial analysis, and scholars strongly associated with postcolonial studies offering substantial critiques designed to challenge the field's most fundamental assumptions.

Contributors. Tani E. Barlow, Ali Behdad, Daniel Boyarin, Timothy Brennan, Matti Bunzl, Antoinette Burton, Laura Chrisman, Jean Comaroff, Frederick Cooper, Vilashini Cooppan, Jed Esty, James Ferguson, Peter Hulme, Suvir Kaul, Neil Lazarus, Ania Loomba, Florencia E. Mallon, Nivedita Menon, Rob Nixon, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, David Scott, Ella Shohat, Kelwyn Sole, Robert Stam, Rebecca L. Stein