Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920: Resistance in Interaction

Paperback | January 15, 2005

byElleke Boehmer

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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 explores the political co-operations and textual connections which linked anti-colonial, nationalist, and modernist groups and individuals in the empire in the years 1890-1920. By developing the key motifs of lateral interaction andcolonial interdiscursivity, Boehmer builds a picture of the imperial world as an intricate network of surprising contacts and margin-to-margin interrelationships, and of modernism as a far more constellated cultural phenomenon than previously understood. Individual case studies consider Irishsupport for the Boers in 1899-1902, the path-breaking radical partnership of the Englishwoman Sister Nivedita and the Bengali extremist Aurobindo Ghose, Sol Plaatje's conflicted South African nationalism, and the cross-border, cosmopolitan involvements of W. B. Yeats, Rabindranath Tagore, andLeonard Woolf. Underlining Frantz Fanon's perception that 'a colonized people is not alone', Boehmer significantly questions prevailing postcolonial paradigms of the self-defining nation, syncretism and mimicry, and dismantles still-dominant binary definitions of the colonial relationship.

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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 explores the political co-operations and textual connections which linked anti-colonial, nationalist, and modernist groups and individuals in the empire in the years 1890-1920. By developing the key motifs of lateral interaction andcolonial interdiscursivity, Boehmer builds a pictur...

Elleke Boehmer is the Chair of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies in the Department of English and Media at Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the NTU Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. She has published Empire Writing (Oxford World's Classics, 1998), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial 1890-1920 (2002), and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:January 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Anti-Imperial Interaction across the Colonial BorderlineIntroductionCross-national IntertextualityNetworks of ResistanceThe Irish Boer War and The United Irishman2. India the Starting Point: Cross-National Self-Translation in 1900s Calcutta'From all points do the paths converge': A Unique EncounterA Warlike SpiritualityThe Cross-Meshed Calcutta ContextInterdiscursivity: Of Kali and the Gita'She is in me as she is in you': Nivedita's Kali-Worship3. 'But Transmitters'?: The Interdiscursive Alliance of Aurobindo Ghose and Sister NiveditaAurobindo Ghose in England: 'the spirit alone that saves'The Young Margaret Noble: 'the ocean through an empty shell'A Joint 'Cry for Battle''To assail and crush the assailant': Intertextual Links4. 'Able to sing their songs': Solomon Plaatje's Many-Tongued NationalismA Barolong, a Gentleman: An Exemplary CareerNationalism and the Transatlantic 'People's Friend'5. 'Immeasurable Strangeness' between Empire and Modernism: W. B. Yeats and Rabindranath Tagore, and Leonard WoolfTowards a Theory of Modernism in the Imperial WorldLeonard Woolf: Reluctant ImperialismThe Cultural Nationalist as ModernistConclusion: A Narrative Claim upon the Jungle

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`Boehmer's most challenging and rewarding book to date. Her encyclopaedic knowledge and sensitivity to textual detail . . . combine excitingly with her impressive theoretical dexterity and ambition.'Journal of Southern African Studies