A comprehensive introduction to postcolonialism, this Companion examines different aspects of postcolonial thought and culture that have had a significant effect on contemporary critical thought. Topics discussed by experts in the field include postcolonialism's relation to modernity, and its significance and relevance to literature, film, law, philosophy, and modern cultural studies. Additional material includes a guide to further reading and a chronology.
Chronology; 1. Introducing postcolonial studies Neil Lazarus; Part I. Social and Historical Context: 2. The global dispensation since 1945 Neil Lazarus; 3. Anti-colonialism, national liberation, and postcolonial nation formation Tamara Sivanandan; 4. The institutionalisation of postcolonial studies Benita Parry; Part II. The Shape of the Field: 5. Postcolonial literature in the western literary canon John Marx; 6. Poststructuralism and postcolonial discourse Simon Gikandi; 7. From development to globalisation: postcolonial studies and globalisation theory Timothy Brennan; 8. Reading subaltern history Priyamvada Gopal; 9. Temporality and postcolonial critique Keya Ganguly; Part III. Sites of Engagement: 10. Nationalism and postcolonial studies Laura Chrisman; 11. Feminism in/and postcolonialism Deepika Bahri; 12. Latin American postcolonial studies and global decolonisation Fernando Coronil; 13. Migrancy, hybridity and postcolonial literary studies Andrew Smith.
"Lazarus brings together 12 original essays and contributes both a fine introduction and an unusual, useful chronology that links the events and texts marking the end of colonization with the emergence of postcolonial studies as a theoretical discourse. Essential." K. Tölölyan, Wesleyan University, CHOICE