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Topic: Postcolonial

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  TheEdge: Postcolonial Perspective on Intercultural Relations: A Japan-U.S. Example
Barker, Hulme, and Iversen (1994) consider postcolonial theory to be based on the conceptual vocabulary of poststructuralism as it undertakes to investigate the realm of the colonial and its aftermath.
Postcolonial thinkers help us to focus on the ways in which different cultures have interacted in a third space and on the ways in which boundaries and borders have become porous in the contemporary world.
Postcolonial theorists have also neglected to analyze the influence of the macro-context at the level of communication among individuals.
www.interculturalrelations.com /v2i1Winter1999/w99kelly.htm   (5587 words)

 Postcolonial Film by John Ziniewicz
A postcolonial filmmaker thus not only has the freedom to express himself artistically and place his own subjective meaning, which forms a closed objective meaning, into the film; but also is free of the cultural restraints of the semiotics of Europe.
Just as the people within postcolonial countries begin to desire the isolation of nationalistic politics, because they wish through self- creation to assert themselves as independent and uniquely different from their colonial centers; the filmmakers within these nations strive to create a filmic language that is unique and detached from colonial influences.
Postcolonial filmmakers have empowered themselves, and in doing so have given a small portion of that power to their immediate audience.
www.fred.net /tzaka/john/artistic.html   (3462 words)

 Introduction page
For that matter, other settler countries such as Canada and Australia are sometimes omitted from the category "postcolonial" because of their relatively shorter struggle for independence, their loyalist tendencies toward the mother country which colonized them, and the absence of problems of racism or of the imposition of a foreign language.
In all of these senses, the "postcolonial," rather than indicating only a specific and materially historical event, seems to describe the second half of the twentieth-century in general as a period in the aftermath of the heyday of colonialism.
Further, the rise of Postcolonial Studies at a time of growing transnational movements of capital, labor, and culture is viewed by some with suspicion in that it is thought to deflect attention away from the material realities of exploitation both in the First and the Third World.
www.english.emory.edu /Bahri/Intro.html   (1341 words)

 Postcolonial Literature of the Caribbean, A Pathfinder
Postcolonial cultural and literary theories trace the origins of forms of cultural expression in postcolonial societies, elucidating the interconnectedness of the colonized and the colonizer as manifested in linguistic, semiotic, and aesthetic traditions.
In this postcolonial era, the culture of Caribbean societies still bear historical, political, linguistic, and cultural influences of colonization, and postcolonial theories are being utilized to develop critical frameworks by which to understand the impact of these influences on contemporary forms of cultural expression which have developed in the Caribbean.
In studying the postcolonial Caribbean and its literature, researching the history of discovery, slavery, imperialism, colonization, and independence movements in the Caribbean is an important foundation for a critical analysis of its art, literature and culture.
www.albany.edu /~es1422/Pathfinder.html   (4399 words)

 Viet Nguyen and Tina Chen, "Editors' Introduction to Postcolonial Asian America
Postcolonial identities are then often influenced as much by these other cultures as they are by their contact with American culture, adding another dimension of "hybridity" to their experiences and perceptions and displacing or supplementing the importance of Americanization.
The existence of postcolonial societies with different geopolitical interests, and postcolonial classes from the same societies with conflicting interests, means that the postcolonial condition is neither uniform nor predictable in its choices and political locations.
Postcolonial theory has become, to some extent, simply another theory in the academic marketplace whose currency is partially determined by the oppositional practices that academics perceive it to be engaged in.
social.chass.ncsu.edu /jouvert/v4i3/ed43.htm   (2586 words)

 Important Works on Postcolonial Theory
Postcolonial Studies is underpinned by a rich and expanding collection of scholarly texts.
What follows is a list of important works on postcolonial theory, each of which can play a role in understanding essential concepts in postcolonial studies and their philosophical foundations.
Thiong'o is an important literary and postcolonial scholar who explores the complex ways in which postcolonial cultures have assimilated and rejected languages of the colonizer.
www.albany.edu /~es1422/theory.html   (661 words)

 A Consideration of Camus's "The First Man" as a Postcolonial Work -Carol Elliott   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The work presents ideas which are not easily explainable within the tenets of postcolonial theory: the complexities of the French-Algerian political situation, the implications of language separated from history, the idea of the private self, and the positing of poverty as an overarching discourse are all elements not addressed.
Postcolonial theory seeks to examine the binary relationship between the colonizer and colonized which works to continue imperialistic authority beyond the actual governmental fact of colonialism.
The idea of this existential state is held to be true universally and it is Camus's support of the universal that constitutes a break with postcolonial thought which rejects the idea of the universal as being a fabrication of Western ideology.
www.iusb.edu /~journal/1998/Paper3.html   (3276 words)

 About the Journal
Postcolonial Studies is the first journal specifically aimed at publishing work which explores the various facets - textual, figural, spatial, historical, political and economic - of the colonial encounter, and the ways in which this encounter shaped the West and non-West alike.
Postcolonial Studies is published 4 times a year by Taylor and Francis under the Routledge imprint.
Postcolonial Studies is into its ninth year of publication, and the forthcoming special issue—on Cyprus as a site for the exploration of postcolonial themes (issue 9:3)—will be the first issue edited by the new, US-based editors.
www.ipcs.org.au /journal.html   (635 words)

 World (Postcolonial) Literature in English
Punter’s thematically organized study argues for the “postcolonial” as an indissoluble part of the development of national imaginings and an alibi for the emergence of a violently assertive “new world order” committed to the management and obliteration of difference.
Bahri's book is an attempt to steer criticism of postcolonial literature towards a greater engagement with the aesthetic innovations and utopian impulses of individual postcolonial texts.
Fraser's focus in on how "postcolonial aesthetics reveals itself in practice," and his study focuses on distinctive uses of person, tense, voice, tone, mood, typology, symbol and myth in postcolonial texts, which dramatize the conflict of "writing in a language other than the mother tongue." Includes a very useful thematic bibliography and index.
www.lib.rochester.edu /index.cfm?PAGE=1767   (13312 words)

 Eyes Wide Shut: Africanists and the Moral Problematics of Postcolonial
Postcolonial misrule is not commonly regarded as an analytic question which poses a distinctive set of issues, or which lies on one side of an important break or cleavage from the colonial.
Similarly, the disasters of high modernist state socialism in postcolonial Africa have fallen to a non-Africanist, James Scott, to explicate and condemn: there are few Africanist works that echo Scott’s clarity about the follies of ujaama villages and similar high modernist and statist blunders.
Such an asymmetry is not an inevitable result of postcoloniality itself: South Asian scholars writing from South Asian universities have an entirely different relationship with their counterparts in Anglo-American academia.
web.africa.ufl.edu /asq/v7/v7i2a12.htm   (2032 words)

 Contours 1.1/IMAGINING AND INVENTING THE POSTCOLONIAL STATE IN AFRICA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the discursive repertoire of the OAU, therefore, the postcolonial African state is an apparatus located in a series of autonomous spatial configurations in which national economies, cultures, and societies are produced and sanctified.
Regional integration, it was believed, could curtail the authoritarian reflexes of the postcolonial state; it could thwart coups or raise their costs for the perpetrators, as happened in Lesotho and Sierra Leone in the early and mid-1990s; and it could facilitate the decentralization and dispersal of power.
They trusted the postcolonial state, investing it with the historical mission of liberating their societies from colonial lack, of inscribing their nebulous territories with the modernity of nationhood and the dignity of sovereignty.
www.press.uillinois.edu /journals/contours/1.1/zeleza.html   (8604 words)

 Taylor & Francis Journals: Welcome
Postcolonial Studies is the journal of the Institute of Postcolonial studies, Melbourne.
Postcolonial Studies is the first journal specifically aimed at publishing work which explores the various facets—textual, figural, spatial, historical, political and economic—of the colonial encounter, and the ways in which this encounter shaped the West and non-West alike.
A growing academic literature, recognises that the colonial encounter was a seminal event in the history of both the West and the non-Western world, shaping culture and literature, politics and history.
www.tandf.co.uk /journals/routledge/13688790.html   (252 words)

 Editorial Policies
Postcolonial Text is an international, refereed, multi-disciplinary electronic journal presenting a global forum for both the critical discussion of postcolonial literature, culture, history, and theory, as well as postcolonial poetry and fiction.
At the same time, the journal recognizes that postcolonial studies can be appropriated as a master discourse of cultural identity that tends to homogenize and regulate culturally and geographically vastly different texts and identities.
Postcolonial Text seeks to publish a range of creative works, in a variety of genres and forms, that will add to the journal's exploration of postcolonial and related themes.
postcolonial.org /index.php/pct/about/editorialPolicies   (685 words)

 e-Keltoi: Book Reviews - Andrew Kincaid's review of Ireland and Postcolonial Theory
The issues addressed by postcolonial theory are about how that past, shaped by the structures of colonialism and the personalities of its agents, lives on and continues to shape the psychology and culture of the nation.
Postcolonial theory has largely cornered the market in Irish Studies, while revisionism has lost the argument - though there are few who still refuse to accept some aspects of the colonial model for Irish history.
While the motivation behind such a chapter is obviously to ground the reader in a long and complex intellectual history, the effect is a bit hasty, and leaves the reader with the sense of having read a cursory survey of big league theorists.
www.uwm.edu /Dept/celtic/ekeltoi/bookreviews/vol01/kincaid02.html   (1704 words)

 A Postcolonial Perspective
Postcolonialism, like other post-isms, does not signal a closing off of that which it contains (colonialism), or even a rejection (which would not be possible in any case), but rather an opening of a field of inquiry and understanding following a period of relative closure.
This corresponds to Mishra and Hodges' definition of postcolonial literature as, "an always present tendency in any literature of subjugation marked by a systematic process of cultural domination through the imposition of imperial structures of power," which as they point out implies that postcolonialism is "already implicit in the discourses of colonialism" (284).
For example, if the aim of postcolonial theory and practice is to dismantle the Enlightenment project that provided the rational for colonialism and created the "colonial subject," the "situating of the subject" and the question of the formation of the subject become essential parts of the postcolonial "project" of decolonization.
www.sou.edu /English/IDTC/Issues/postcol/Resources/Terry/dehay.htm   (2367 words)

 Postcolonial Literature
Naipaul is so fierce a critic of the postcolonial world despite his origins as a descendant of Indian indentured laborers in Trinidad that he is more often cited as an opponent than as an ally in the postcolonial struggle.
In fact, it is not uncommon for citizens of "postcolonial" countries to accuse Americans and Europeans of practicing a form of neocolonialism themselves in viewing their history through this particular lens.
Postcolonial criticism could be compared to the tendency of Hollywood films set in such countries to focus on the problems of Americans and Europeans within those societies while marginalizing the views of their native peoples.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~brians/anglophone/postcolonial.html   (2277 words)

 Postcolonial feminism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Postcolonial feminism is a form of feminist philosophy which often criticizes Western forms of feminism, notably radical feminism and its universalization of female experience.
Postcolonial feminists today struggle to fight gender oppression within their own cultural models of society rather than through those imposed by the Western colonizers.
An underlying theoretical premise of postcolonial feminism is that concepts of freedom, equality, and rights stem from the Enlightenment and privilege Western and European norms, rather than representing a universal values system.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Postcolonial_feminism   (394 words)

 Theory and Method in American/Cultural Studies: A Bibliographic Essay
"Postcolonial" (or post-colonial) as a concept enters critical discourse in its current meanings in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but both the practice and the theory of postcolonial resistance go back much further (indeed to the origins of colonialism itself).
The term means to suggest both resistance to the "colonial" and that the "colonial" and its discourses continue to shape cultures whose revolutions have overthrown formal ties to their former colonial rulers.
Brilliant collection of essays and poems asserting and analyzing the postcolonial presence of Chicanos/as, while meditating on the status of real and metaphorical "fronteras/borderlands." Her concept of the "borderlands" has become a key term in contemporary theory.
www.wsu.edu /~amerstu/tm/poco.html   (2119 words)

This version of Postcolonial Literature studies the poetry, drama, and fiction of anglophone postcolonial writers from the perspective of cognitive approaches to literature.
The course examines postcolonial themes and techniques in an historical context, asking what “postcolonial” means to writers of countries formerly colonized by the British.
Topics include colonization and decolonization; writing in the colonizer’s language; influences of English and vernacular literatures; the relationship of the postcolonial to the postmodern; Orientalism; censorship; and the role of post-imperial Britain in the publication, distribution, and consumption of postcolonial literature.
home.wlu.edu /~keens/350.htm   (864 words)

 2.3 Postcolonial/Subaltern Theory
Postcolonial interventions: Gayatri Spivak, three wise men and the native informant.
Postcolonialism and globalization: Towards a historicization of the inter-relation.
The aftermath of sovereignty: Postcolonial criticism and the claims of political modernity.
themargins.net /fps/csbib/2.3postcolonial.htm   (393 words)

 Taylor & Francis Journals: Welcome
A particular focus is on the reshaping of inner maps of the metropolis through the ethnic, diasporic voices and the alternative and interstitial modes of writing associated with the new margins.
The Journal of Postcolonial Writing interrogates assumptions underpinning postcolonial theory and its liberationist rhetoric by focussing upon the discursive practices informing contemporary writing and the impact of the global, the regional, and the local upon each other.
These can emerge from examining the work of individual writers, critiquing contemporary theories of the postcolonial and globalisation, or revisiting classical texts of literature and canonical theories from a range of postcolonial and global perspectives.
www.tandf.co.uk /journals/titles/17449855.asp   (262 words)

 Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics
Postcolonial theory has been challenged on several fronts: on its interdisciplinary competence, on the politics of its institutional location, and on its implicit domination of other kinds of postcolonial analysis, many of which have been established for much longer than postcolonial theory itself.
In what is the most comprehensive and accessible survey of the field to date, Bart Moore-Gilbert systematically examines the objections that have been raised against postcolonial theory, revealing the simplifications and exaggerations on both sides of the argument.
Finally, he assesses the overlaps and differences between postcolonial theory and other forms of postcolonial criticism and considers the ways that postcolonial analysis may be connected with different histories of oppression.
www.versobooks.com /books/klm/m-titles/moore_postcolonial.shtml   (297 words)

 Literary Listservs -- postcolonial   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
POSTCOLONIAL on majordomo@lists.village.virginia.edu POSTCOLONIAL is an electronic forum for discussion and experimentation rooted in postcolonial literature, film, and theory.
Postcolonial literature and film generally includes the cultural productions emerging out of the experience of colonization.
Postcolonial theory and criticism interrogates the relations between culture and imperialism.
newarkwww.rutgers.edu /~jlynch/Lit/Lists/General/postcolonial.html   (307 words)

 Themes - Colonial and Postcolonial
Audience presents a complex question for postcolonial writers and influences their work.
Postcolonial writing is against the grain in its retelling of history and its use of literary styles.
Three ongoing controversies in Postcolonial studies involving David Stoll and Rigoberta Menchu; Chinua Achebe and Joseph Conrad; and Justus Reid Weiner and Edward Said center on the issue of misrepresentation and engage, not only the academic world, but also the world at large.
www.wmich.edu /dialogues/sitepages/themes.html   (251 words)

 Postcolonial Theory 2004
Postcolonial Theory is both a growing and a contentious field.
The field of postcolonial theory is perceived as an uncritical condemnation of Western nations, values and culture.
Postcolonial theory has to be conceptualized as a continuation of these anti-colonial struggles.
www.earlham.edu /~guvenfe/postcolonialtheory2004.html   (1174 words)

 Amardeep Singh: Postcolonial FAQ
The idea of 'postcolonial literature' was initially conceived to describe writing from the former British Empire.
But most postcolonial writers were explicitly political in the sense that they were writing about the development of local political power and the end of empire.
Many of these writers (postcolonial in the narrow sense) will continue to be read and researched for years to come.
www.lehigh.edu /~amsp/2004/05/postcolonial-faq.html   (1546 words)

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