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Postcolonial studies and beyond
Loomba, Ania.

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Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2005.
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x, 499 p. ; 25 cm.
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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

Table of Contents

Ania Loomba and Suvir Kaul and Matti Bunzl and Antoinette Burton and Jed EstyPeter HulmeAli BehdadVilashini CooppanTimothy BrennanJean ComaroffElizabeth A. PovinelliJames FergusonKelwyn SoleNivedita MenonRob NixonLaura ChrismanFlorencia E. MallonRobert Stam and Ella ShohatRebecca L. SteinDaniel BoyarinTani E. BarlowDavid ScottFrederick CooperNeil Lazarus
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Beyond What? An Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Globalization and the Postcolonial Eclipse
Beyond the Straits: Postcolonial Allegories of the Globep. 41
On Globalization, Again!p. 62
The Ruins of Empire: The National and Global Politics of America's Return to Romep. 80
The Economic Image-Function of the Peripheryp. 101
Part 2 Neoliberalism and the Postcolonial World
The End of History, Again? Pursuing the Past in the Postcolonyp. 125
A Flight from Freedomp. 145
Decomposing Modernity: History and Hierarchy after Developmentp. 166
"The Deep Thoughts the One in Need Falls Into": Quotidian Experience and the Perspectives of Poetry in Postliberation South Africap. 182
Between the Burqa and the Beauty Parlor? Globalization, Cultural Nationalism, and Feminist Politicsp. 206
Part 3 Beyond the Nation-State (and Back Again)
Environmentalism and Postcolonialismp. 233
Beyond Black Atlantic and Postcolonial Studies: The South African Differences of Sol Plaatje and Peter Abrahamsp. 252
Pathways to Postcolonial Nationhood: The Democratization of Difference in Contemporary Latin Americap. 272
Traveling Multiculturalism: A Trinational Debate in Translationp. 293
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: Israeli Leisure, Palestinian Terror, and the Post/colonial Questionp. 317
Part 4 Postcolonial Studies and the Disciplines in Transformation
Hybridity and Heresy: Apartheid Comparative Religion in Late Antiquityp. 339
Eugenic Woman, Semicolonialism, and Colonial Modernity as Problems for Postcolonial Theoryp. 359
The Social Construction of Postcolonial Studiesp. 385
Postcolonial Studies and the Study of Historyp. 401
The Politics of Postcolonial Modernismp. 423
Bibliographyp. 439
Contributorsp. 479