The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory

Paperback | August 10, 2013

EditorDaniel Carey, Lynn Festa

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Over the last thirty years, postcolonial critiques of European imperial practices have transformed our understanding of colonial ideology, resistance, and cultural contact. The Enlightenment has played a complex but often unacknowledged role in this discussion, alternately reviled andvenerated as the harbinger of colonial dominion and avatar of liberation, as target and shield, as shadow and light. This volume brings together two arenas - eighteenth-century studies and postcolonial theory - in order to interrogate the role and reputation of Enlightenment in the context of earlyEuropean colonial ambitions and postcolonial interrogations of Western imperial aspirations. With essays by leading scholars in the field, Postcolonial Enlightenment address issues central not only to literature and philosophy but also to natural history, religion, law, and the emerging sciences of man. The contributors situate a range of writers - from Hobbes and Herder, Behn and Burke, toDefoe and Diderot - in relation both to eighteenth-century colonial practices and to key concepts within current postcolonial theory concerning race, globalization, human rights, sovereignty, and national and personal identity. By enlarging the temporal and geographic framework through which weread, the essays in this volume open up alternate genealogies for categories, events and ideas central to the emergence of global modernity.

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Over the last thirty years, postcolonial critiques of European imperial practices have transformed our understanding of colonial ideology, resistance, and cultural contact. The Enlightenment has played a complex but often unacknowledged role in this discussion, alternately reviled andvenerated as the harbinger of colonial dominion and ...

Daniel Carey is the author of Locke, Shaftesbury, and Hutcheson: Contesting Diversity in the Enlightenment and Beyond (Cambridge, 2006), and editor of Asian Travel in the Renaissance (Blackwell, 2004) and Les voyages de Gulliver: mondes lointains ou mondes proches (Presses universitaires de Caen, 2002). He is senior lecturer in English...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pagesPublished:August 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Lynn Festa and Daniel Carey: Some Answers to the Question: 'What is Postcolonial Enlightenment?'Part One: Subjects and Sovereignty1. Srinivas Aravamudan: Hobbes and America2. David Lloyd: The Physiological Sublime: Pleasure and Pain in the Colonial ContextPart Two: Enlightenment Categories and Postcolonial Classifications3. Daniel Carey: Reading Contrapuntally: Robinson Crusoe, Slavery, and Postcolonial Theory4. Felicity Nussbaum: Between 'Oriental' and 'Blacks, So Called,' 1688-17885. Siraj Ahmed: Orientalism and the Permanent Fix of WarPart Three: Nation, Colony, and Enlightenment Universality6. Doris Garraway: Of Speaking Natives and Hybrid Philosophers: The French Enlightenment Critique of Colonialism7. Daniel Carey and Sven Trakulhun: Universalism, Diversity, and the Postcolonial Enlightenment8. Karen O'Brien: 'These Nations Newton Made his Own': Poetry, Knowledge and British Imperial GlobalisationSuvir Kaul: Coda: How to Write Postcolonial Histories of Empire?

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Review from previous edition: "The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory, edited by Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa, is a significant publication. The eight essays, substantial introduction, and coda that make up this collection mark an importantdevelopment in both Enlightenment studies and postcolonial criticism: each is considered in relation to the other, addressing the previous critical neglect of the role which Enlightenment thought played in the construction and critique of European colonial ideology." --The Year's Work in English Studies