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Postcolonialism My Living: My Living

byArun Mukherjee


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This collection of essays charts the author's intellectual journey as an academic teaching "postcolonial literature" in a Canadian university. Mukherjee challenges and shows the inadequacy of the postcolonial, feminist and postmodern theories that emerge from the metropolitain centres of the West. Using detailed, nuanced and informed readings of a variety of authors from India, Africa, and Canada she demontrates how in their universalizing such theories fail to take account of the specific histories, cultures, and stuggles within the so-called third-world countries as well as the non-European-immigrant and Native communities of North America.
Arun Mukherjee is Professor of English at York Universtiy in Toronto. One of the most respected literary critics in Canada, noted for her highly original and bold observations, she is the author of the acclaimed Oppositional Aethetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space.
Title:Postcolonialism My Living: My LivingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.77 × 5.8 × 0.67 inPublisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Postcolonialism: My LivingIntroduction xiI. Interrogating Postcolonialism1. First World Readers, Third World Texts: Some Thoughts About Theory and Pedagogy 32. Interrogating Postcolonialism:Some Uneasy Conjectures 163. How Shall We Read South Asian Canadian Texts? 244. The Emergence of Dalit Writing 415. Facing the Interrogations of Dalit Writing 52II. Postcolonialism in Canada6. Canadian Nationalism, Canadian Literature and Racial Minority Women 677. Teaching Racial Minority Writing: Problems and Challenges 848. Teaching Ethnic Minority Writing: A Report from the Classroom 92III. Postcolonialism and Gender9. Reading Race in Women's Writing 10710. Right Out of "Herstory": Racism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland and Feminist Literary Theory 117IV. Reading Texts11. The Exclusions of Postcolonial Theory and Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable: A Case Study 13312. Other Worlds, Other Texts: Teaching Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day to Canadian Students 15213. Of Goddesses and "Mothers": Goddess Feminism and Mahasweta Davi's "The Wet-nurse" 16914. Bakhtinian Dialogism and Bessie Head's Dialogue with India 178 V. On Capital-T Theory15. Universals 19716. Whose Postcolonialism and Whose Postmodernism? 215Bibliography 225Index 239

From Our Editors

Arun Mukherjee draws on her experiences teaching modern Canadian literature at York University in Toronto to write Postcolonialism: My Living. The thought-provoking essays explore the issues surrounding the teaching and theorization of postcolonial literatures, examining work of writers like Mulk Raj Anand, Dionne Brand, Anita Desai, Claire Harris, Bessie Head and Sky Lee.

Editorial Reviews

"... vigorously written and intellectually uncompromising..." - The Toronto Review "This book bespeaks a dedicated mind and an important critical voice among postcolonial readers." - Canadian Literature "This is a book that feminists need to read." - Herizons