Interdisciplinary Measures

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Interdisciplinary Measures

Literature and the Future of Postcolonial Studies

Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines, 1


February 1st, 2008

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Interdisciplinary Measures makes the case for a cross-disciplinary, but literature-centred, approach to postcolonial studies. Despite the anxieties that interdisciplinarity brings with it, a combination of different, discontinuously structured disciplinary knowledges is arguably best suited to address the tangled concerns of both the globalised present and the colonial past. The book looks specifically at the intersections between literary criticism, history, anthropology, geography and environmental studies, while arguing more specifically for a postcolonialism across the disciplines in the service of informed (cross-) cultural critique. Bringing together a wide range of literary material from Africa, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, New Zealand and South Asia, the book also considers the different, but sometimes related, cultural contexts within which the key debates in postcolonial studies – e.g. those around globalisation, North-South relations and the new imperialism – are currently taking place. These debates suggest the need for a multi-sited, multilinguistic and, not least, multidisciplinary appraoch to postcolonial studies that consolidates its status as a comparative field.

Author Information

Graham Huggan is Professor of Postcolonial and Commonwealth Literatures at the University of Leeds. He is author of the influential volume The Postcolonial Exotic (Routledge, 2001) among many previous books.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Decolonizing the Map: Postcolonialism, Poststructuralism and the Cartographic Connection29
2: Unsettled Settlers: Postcolonialism, Travelling Theory and the New Migrant Aesthetics42
3: Postcolonial Geography, Travel Writing and the Myth of Wild Africa57
4: ‘Greening’ Postcolonialism: Ecocritical Perspectives72
5: Anthropologists and Other Frauds101
6: African Literature and the Anthropological Exotic114
7: (Post)Colonialism, Anthropology and the Magic of Mimesis138
8: Maps, Dreams and the Presentation of Ethnographic Narrative150
9: Philomela’s Retold Story: Silence, Music and the Postcolonial Text163
10: Ghost Stories, Bone Flutes, Cannibal Counter-memory174
11: Cultural Memory in Postcolonial Fiction: The Uses and Abuses of Ned Kelly190
12: (Not) Reading Orientalism204