Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism by Sunil M. AgnaniHating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism by Sunil M. Agnani

Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism

bySunil M. Agnani

Paperback | January 4, 2016

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In Hating Empire Properly, Sunil Agnani produces a novel attempt to think the eighteenth-century imagination of
the West and East Indies together, arguing that this is how contemporary thinkers Edmund Burke and Denis
Diderot actually viewed them. This concern with multiple geographical spaces is revealed to be a largely
unacknowledged part of the matrix of Enlightenment thought in which eighteenth-century European and American self-conceptions evolved. By focusing on colonial spaces of the Enlightenment, especially India and Haiti, he demonstrates how Burke's fearful view of the French Revolution-the defining event of modernity- as shaped by prior reflection on these other domains. Exploring with sympathy the angry outbursts against injustice in the writings of Diderot, he nonetheless challenges recent understandings of him as a univocal critic of empire by showing the persistence of a fantasy of consensual colonialism in his thought. By looking at the impasses and limits in the thought of both radical and conservative writers, Agnani asks what it means to critique empire "properly." Drawing his method from Theodor Adorno's quip that "one must have tradition in oneself, in order to hate it properly," he proposes a critical inhabiting of dominant forms of reason as a way forward for the critique of both empire and Enlightenment.

Thus, this volume makes important contributions to political theory, history, literary studies, American studies, and postcolonial studies.

Sunil M. Agnani is Assistant Professor of English and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has held previous positions at the Princeton Society of Fellows and the University of Michigan.
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Title:Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment AnticolonialismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823267393

ISBN - 13:9780823267392

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Sunil Agnani's Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism (winner of the 2014 Henry Levin Prize) is a rich contribution to a nascent but ever-expanding field we could call colonial Enlightenment studies.