Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America by Dohra Ahmad

Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America

byDohra Ahmad

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Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America examines anti-colonial discourse during the understudied but critical period before World War Two, with a specific focus on writers and activists based in the United States. Dohra Ahmad adds to the fields of American Studies, utopianstudies, and postcolonial theory by situating this growing anti-colonial literature as part of an American utopian tradition. In the key early decades of the twentieth century, Ahmad shows, the intellectuals of the colonized world carried out the heady work of imagining independent states, oftenfrom a position of exile. Faced with that daunting task, many of them composed literary texts--novels, poems, contemplative essays--in order to conceptualize the new societies they sought. Beginning by exploring some of the conventions of American utopian fiction at the turn of the century,Landscapes of Hope goes on to show the surprising ways in which writers such as W.E B. Du Bois, Pauline Hopkins, Rabindranath Tagore, and Punjabi nationalist Lala Lajpat Rai appropriated and adapted those utopian conventions toward their own end of global colored emancipation.

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Dohra Ahmad is Assistant Professor of English at St. John's University.
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Title:Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:February 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Real Networks and Imaginary VistasOne: Developing NationsI. Evolution: Edward Bellamy, William Morris, William Dean HowellsII. Eugenics: Charlotte Perkins GilmanTwo: A Periodical NationI. Culture: A. K. CoomaraswamyII. Nationalism: Rabindranath TagoreIII. Personification: Sarojini NaiduIV. Transnationalism: J. T. SunderlandThree: Worlds of ColorI. Resurrection: Pauline HopkinsII. Romance: W. E. B. Du BoisIII. Rationalism: Richard WrightEpilogue: Multicultural Utopia?