Against the Postcolonial

Against the Postcolonial : 'Francophone' Writers at the Ends of the French Empire

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Against the Postcolonial is at once a study of five writers from lands formerly or currently ruled by France (Algeria, Cambodia, Guiana, Madagascar, and Mali) and an interrogation of the relevance of postcolonial theory, criticism and studies to these writers. The authors are necessarily placed against the background of postcolonial studies, but since they have radically different backgrounds, histories, and careers, Serrano argues against the relevance of a homogenizing critical practice most interested in replicating itself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 430.92g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739110713
  • 9780739110713

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Africans to Their Posts: Yambo Ouologuem's Postmodern Parody of the Postcolonial Chapter 3 Words of the Tribe: Rabearivelo's Mallarme in Madagascar Chapter 4 Jean Amrouche and the Ends of L'Algerie Francaise Chapter 5 Makhali-Phal and the Perils of Metissage Chapter 6 Leon-Gontran Damas and the Invasion of Senegal Chapter 7 Postlude as Palinode - Almost
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Review quote

Critiques of postcolonial theory are not in short supply, but Serrano's approach is a useful one in that it brings this discussion into the field of Francophone Studies...Serrano offers carefully researched, thoughtful analyses and a valuable antidote to reductive critical practice. L'esprit Createur Serrano's book is an engaging and challenging critical work that calls for a reevaluation of Postcolonial and Francophone Studies, as well as a revision of the relationship between the different constituencies of the French Empire. -- Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, Stanford University
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About Richard Serrano

Richard Serrano is associate professor in the Department of French, Program in Comparative Literature, Program in Middle Eastern Studies, and Center for African Studies at Rutgers University.
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