By Gyan Prakash
After Colonialism deals a clean examine the background of colonialism and the alterations in wisdom, disciplines, and identities produced by means of the imperial adventure. Ranging throughout disciplines--from heritage to anthropology to literary studies--and throughout regions--from India to Palestine to Latin the United States to Europe--the essays during this quantity reexamine colonialism and its aftermath. prime literary students, historians, and anthropologists interact with fresh theories and views of their particular reports, exhibiting the centrality of colonialism within the making of the fashionable international and supplying postcolonial reflections at the results and adventure of empire.
The contributions go ancient research of texts with textual exam of historic documents and situate metropolitan cultural practices in engagements with non-metropolitan destinations. Interdisciplinarity right here ability exploring and realigning disciplinary limitations. participants to After Colonialism contain Edward acknowledged, Steven Feierman, Joan Dayan, Ruth Phillips, Anthony Pagden, Leonard Blussé, Gauri Viswanathan, Zachary Lockman, Jorge Klor de Alva, Irene Silverblatt, Emily Apter, and Homi Bhabha.
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It is very important, though, to assess how these entities were built, and to understand how patiently the idea of an unencumbered English culture, for example, acquired its authority and its power to impose itself across the seas. This is a tremendous task for any individual, but a whole new generation of scholars and intellectuals from the Third World is engaged on just such an undertaking. Here a word of caution and prudence is required. Consider the uneasy relationship between nationalism and liberation, two ideals or goals for people engaged against imperialism.
See also Said, “Secular Criticism,” in The World, the Text, and the Critic, pp. 31–53, 148–49. 5. An act of the United States Congress passed in 1958, the National Defense Eduacation Act (NDEA) authorized the expenditure of $295 million for science and languages, both deemed important for national security. Departments of comparative literature were among the beneficiaries of this act. 6. Cited in Smith, Uneven Development, pp. 101–2. 7. Antonio Gramsci, “Some Aspects of the Southern Question,” in Selections from Political Writings, 1921–1926, trans.
The relevance of T. S. Eliot’s remarks in “Tradition and the Individual Talent” about the historical sense are demonstrably important. Are we not as a nation repeating what France and Britain, Spain and Portugal, Holland and Germany, did before us? And yet do we not tend to regard ourselves as somehow exempt from the more sordid imperial adventures that preceded ours? Besides, is there not an unquestioned assumption on our part that our destiny is to rule and lead the world, a destiny that we have assigned ourselves as part of our errand into the wilderness?
After colonialism: imperial histories and postcolonial displacements by Gyan Prakash