Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction

Paperback | May 12, 1998

byLeela Gandhi

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Postcolonial Theory is a ground-breaking critical introduction to the burgeoing field of postcolonial studies.

Leela Gandhi is the first to clearly map out this field in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism, postmodernism, marxism and feminism. She assesses the contribution of major theorists such as Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha, and also points to postcolonialism's relationship to earlier thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Mahatma Gandhi.

The book is distinctive in its concern for the specific historical, material, and cultural contexts for postcolonial theory, and in its attempt to sketch out the ethical possibilities for postcolonial theory as a model for living with and knowing cultural difference non-violently.Postcolonial Tehory is a useful starting point for readers new to the field and a provocative account which opens possibilities for debate.

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Postcolonial Theory is a ground-breaking critical introduction to the burgeoing field of postcolonial studies.Leela Gandhi is the first to clearly map out this field in terms of its wider philosophical and intellectual context, drawing important connections between postcolonial theory and poststructuralism, postmodernism, marxism and ...

Leela Gandhi lectures in the school of English at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She researches the cultural history of the Indo-British colonial encounter, and has published extensively in this area. She is the editor of Shakespeare: New Orientations and The Looking Glass and Other Poems, and coeditor of the journalPostcolonial Stud...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 12, 1998Publisher:Columbia University Press

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PrefaceIntroduction: After ColonialismThinking Otherwise: A Brief Intellectual HistoryPostcolonialism and the New HumanitiesEdward Said and His CriticsPostcolonialism and FeminismImagining Community: The Question of NationalismOne World: The Vision of PostnationalismPostcolonial LiteraturesConclusion: The Limits of Postcolonial Theory