Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning

Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning : J.M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison

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Sam Durrant's powerfully original book compares the ways in which the novels of J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison memorialize the traumatic histories of racial oppression that continue to haunt our postcolonial era. The works examined bear witness to the colonization of the New World, U.S. slavery, and South African apartheid, histories founded on a violent denial of the humanity of the other that had traumatic consequences for both perpetrators and victims. Working at the borders of psychoanalysis and deconstruction, and drawing inspiration from recent work on the Holocaust, Durrant rethinks Freud's opposition between mourning and melancholia at the level of the collective and rearticulates the postcolonial project as an inconsolable labor of remembrance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 167.6 x 235.2 x 15mm | 335.66g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791459454
  • 9780791459454

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"There are a number of impressive things about this book: it combines theory with practice; the argument is clear and carefully signaled throughout; the selection of Coetzee, Harris, and Morrison is a stroke of genius that allows Durrant to reinforce his theoretical claims in a consistent manner; and Durrant avoids both celebrating and politicizing his chosen texts."
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About Sam Durrant

Sam Durrant is Lecturer of English at the University of Leeds.
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