Critics and Writers Speak

Critics and Writers Speak : Revisioning Post-Colonial Studies

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This book of new critical essays and interviews with writers interrogates the current usage of the term and the category of the post-colonial as a theoretical concept, discourse and state of mind. By looking at contemporary writing in English throughout the world, it critically revisions the current practice of post-colonial studies and calls attention to its significant weaknesses.
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 317.52g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739114050
  • 9780739114056

Table of contents

Part 1 Essays Chapter 2 Post-Colonial Literatures in English ab origine ad futurum Chapter 3 Proteus, Gertrude, and the Post Colonial Rag Chapter 4 Cannibal Rights: Intertextuality and Postcolonial Discourse in the Caribbean Region Chapter 4 Reading Literatures in English without Theory Chapter 6 Archaic Ambivalence: The Case of South Africa Chapter 7 Remembering Whiteness: Reading Indigenous Life Narrative Chapter 8 Recolonisation and Disinheritance: the Case of Tasmania Chapter 9 Here and There as Everywhere: Writing On in Monkey Beach Chapter 10 Maori Theater on Its Own Ground: Moving Past the 'Post' in Post-Colonialism Chapter 11 Sparring With Shadows, or Is There a Post-Colonial Child? Part 12 Interviews Chapter 13 'Magwitch' is Really My Ancestor': Interview with Peter Carey Chapter 14 Deep Vibrancy of Silence: Interview with Trinh T. Minh-ha Chapter 15 Interview with the Jamaican Writer Opal Palmer Adisa
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Review quote

In this book by Igor Maver, a foremost thinker from post-socialist Slovenia, the term "post-colonial," once a household term with its detailed history of cosmetic whims, takes a vertiginous dip, seethes for a while, with other master signifiers, in the caldron of diasporic theory, to then resurface, humbled and changed utterly. -- Chantal Zabus, University of Paris XIII Igor Maver's edited collection of essays and interviews makes an important contribution to the current debate on the future of postcolonial studies... Maver strikes an admirable balance, acknowledging the accomplishments of post-colonial studies as well as pointing out its exhausted current status... Both schoarls and students of literature in English will sharpen their sense of the history of the terminology and the issues facing post-colonial studies today by reading Maver's collection of essays and interviews. Commonwealth, Autumn 2008, Vol 31, No 1 This lively, intelligent, and wide-ranging book is also very timely. Combining a judicious introduction, essays, and interviews, Critics and Writers Speak: Revisioning Post-Colonial Studies will help its readers to understand one of the most important developments in literary theory of the last twenty years. Charting the movement from post-colonialism understood as post-independence writing to post-colonialism understood as a set of discursive practices, Critics and Writers Speak exhibits the underlying coherence of its subject and forecasts many of its directions of future development. I recommend this book most highly. -- Karl F. Zender, University of California at Davis
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About Igor Maver

Igor Maver is Professor of English at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.
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