By Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, R. Radhakrishnan, Ngugi Thiong'o, Ella Shohat, Neil Larsen, Timothy Powell
The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial experiences includes essays by way of either best figures and more youthful students engaged within the box of postcolonial reports. during this state-of-the-field reader, editors Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks have created a dynamic discussion board for members from various theoretical and disciplinary vantage issues to query either the bounds and the restrictions of postcolonial idea. because it burst at the educational scene because the “hot” new disciplinary box in the course of the ultimate decade of the 20 th century, postcolonial reports has confronted feedback from those that query its “troubling” trajectories, its occasionally suspect epistemological and pedagogical equipment, and its particularly slim concentration. With various essays that emerge from such disciplines as South Asian, Latin American, Arab, and Jewish experiences, this quantity responds to skeptics and adherers alike, addressing not just the extensive theoretical matters at stake in the box but additionally the location of the sector itself in the academy, in addition to its courting to trendy, postmodern, and Marxist discourses. individuals provide evaluations on ahistorical and universalizing traits in postcolonial paintings and confront the necessity for students to take care of problems with type, ideology, and the consequences of neocolonial practices. looking to develop the field’s generally literary spectrum of methodologies, those essayists soak up huge thematic concerns to check particular websites of colonial actions with all in their ancient, political, and cultural value. last the quantity is an insightful interview with Homi Bhabha, during which he discusses postcolonial reports within the context of up to date cultural politics and theory.The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial stories not just deals an summary of the self-discipline but in addition pushes and pulls on the edges of postcolonial stories, supplying a complete view of the field’s variety of inspiration and envisioning transparent pathways for its future.Contributors. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Ali Behdad, Homi Bhabha, Daniel Boyarin, Neil Larsen, Saree Makdisi, Joseph Massad, Walter Mignolo, Hamid Naficy, Ngugi Wa Thingo, Timothy B. Powell, R. Radhakrishnan, Bruce Robbins, Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, Ella Shohat, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
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Culture becomes the embattled rhetoric of home, authenticity, and one’s-own-ness deployed strategically to resist the economic impulse toward sameness. Yes, we want to be part of the borderless economic continuum, but, at the same time, let us be who we are; our cultural identities are not up for sale or commercial inﬂuence. 2 Third, the case of the Puerto Rican referendum concerning possible statehood. Here, too, culture came up as a fraught term. Would Puerto Rico sacriﬁce its cultural/historical uniqueness as a consequence of economic/political unionization?
But, if, indeed, we agree with Larsen’s conclusion that, despite its disavowal of the ‘‘reactionary political logic of cultural nationalism,’’ postcolonial theory has not been able to steer clear of cultural politics, resulting in our historical moment’s contradictory reality of ‘‘cultural revolution without social revolution,’’ then certainly we must take up the challenge of Marxism in more concrete, less idealist ways. On this front, we must also grapple with the question of communism’s failure as praxis in a much more objective way than does Ahmad in his In Theory, an issue to which Larsen refers only ﬂeetingly in his appraisal of the latter.
Preludes and prefaces that take great pains to situate the writer/viewer in a redemptive practice that is ultimately a reenactment of just what she or he is trying to avoid (the voyeurism of ‘other-gazing’), all these verbal markers and narrative devices repeat the colonial gesture of self-authorization’’ () (Emily Apter, ‘‘Ethnographic Travesties: Colonial Realism, French Feminism, and the Case of Elissa Rhais,’’ in After Colonialism: Imperial Histories and Postcolonial Displacements, ed. : Princeton University Press, ], –).