Colonial Desire

Colonial Desire : Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race

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The language of contemporary cultural theory shows remarkable similarities with the patterns of thought which characterised Victorian racial theory. Far from being marked by a separation from the racialised thinking of the past, Colonial Desire shows we are operating in complicity with historical ways of viewing 'the other', both sexually and racially.

Colonial Desire is a controversial and bracing study of the history of Englishness and 'culture'. Robert Young argues that the theories advanced today about post-colonialism and ethnicity are disturbingly close to the colonial discourse of the nineteenth century. 'Englishness', Young argues, has been less fixed and stable than uncertain, fissured with difference and a desire for otherness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24.13mm | 567g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0415053730
  • 9780415053730

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..."[This] is a book that everyone interested in the interconnected history of the modern concepts of race, culture, sexuality, and empire should read.."
-"American Historical Review
"Colonial Desire is an indespensable study, a work that reflects the needs of our current situation. Colonial Desire will begin much needed debates about the terminology of postcolonialism, as well as the so-far unstudied issue of "colonial desire.""
-"Journal of Caribbean Studies
...""Colonial Desire is a valuable resource for gender studies."
-Shalini Purl, "Signs
..."an important work."
-"Canadian Historical Review
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