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De-Scribing Empire : Post-Colonialism and Textuality - Alan Lawson

De-Scribing Empire

Post-Colonialism and Textuality

By: Alan Lawson (Editor), Chris Tiffin (Editor)


Published: 18th August 1994
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"De-Scribing Empire" is a stunning collection of first-rate essays that examine the textual fabric of colonialism and its legacy. Together they interpret the formative role of books, writing and textuality in imperial control and their role in fashioning colonial world-views. Foregrounding strategies of understanding and resistance, "De-Scribing Empire" places itself within a critical tradition of post-colonial studies.
As a spirited collection of some of the newest critical thinking, "De-Scribing Empire" analyses the multifarious ways in which imperialism operated textually. The authors examine such issues as the power of cartography to elide and dislocate identities; the imperial role of 19th century children's literature; the place of the feminine in colonial power hierarchies; the racialist unease shrouding early twentieth century adventure fiction; the questions and implications of "authenticity"; and the contradictions and tribulations of teaching resistance literature in western educational institutions.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Post-Colonial Theoryp. 13
The Scramble for Post-Colonialismp. 15
Excessp. 33
Some Problems of Response to Empire in Settler Post-Colonial Societiesp. 45
Race and Representationp. 59
Theorizing Racismp. 61
The Myth of Authenticityp. 70
Notesp. 85
Breyten Breytenbach and the Censorp. 86
De-Scribing Oralityp. 98
Reading Empirep. 113
Inscribing the Emptinessp. 115
The Unfinished Commonwealthp. 131
'The Softest Disorder'p. 141
'The Only Free People in the Empire'p. 152
Re-Writing and Re-Reading Empirep. 169
De-Scribing the Water-Babiesp. 171
Modernity, Voice, and Window-Breakingp. 185
Notesp. 198
Speaking the Unspeakablep. 201
The Speaking Abjectp. 218
Notesp. 229
Conclusionp. 230
Bibliographyp. 236
Indexp. 250
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ISBN: 9780415105477
ISBN-10: 0415105471
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 18th August 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1