Postcolonial Theory in the Global Age

Interdisciplinary Essays


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About the Book

The new essays in this collection examine newer forms of colonialism operating today in an increasingly globalized world. Recognizing the complexities and culpability of postcolonial politics, the contributors fill gaps that exist at theoretical levels of postcolonial studies. By studying film, literature, history and architecture, they arrive at new ideas about immigration, gender, cultural translation, identity and the future. The collection is driven by notions of ethics, an increasingly influential force at the grassroots if not the international level, addressing capitalism and its attendant drawbacks throughout the course of the book.

About the Author(s)

Om Prakash Dwivedi is assistant professor of English at the University of Taiz. He lives in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Martin Kich is a professor of English at Wright State University’s Lake Campus. He lives in Lima, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Om Prakash Dwivedi and Martin Kich
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 7 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7552-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0574-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword (Rajen Harshé) 1


Introduction: Postcolonial Studies in the Age of Globalization  (Om Prakash Dwivedi and Martin Kich) 9

Postcolonialism and Recovery: A Future Evermore About to Be (Roderick McGillis) 21

Going Global: The Future of Post-Colonial Studies (Bill Ashcroft) 35

“Pity the Poor Immigrant”: Pity and the Colony (David Punter) 50

From Colonial Outsider to Postcolonial Insider: Screen Adaptations from Australia and New Zealand/Aotearoa (Janet Wilson) 59

Resistance to Responsibility: Interrupting the Postcolonial

Paradigm (David Huddart) 73

Cultural Translation in the Age of Globalization (Shaobo Xie) 87

Hybridity and Identity in New Zealand Māori Literature: Alan Duff’s Dreamboat Dad (Alistair Fox) 104

Slumdogs and Dogs’ Breakfasts: Reading Danny Boyle’s Slumdog

Millionaire and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (Susan Hosking) 119

Gender, Hybridity and the Transcultural “Man Alone” in the Short Fiction of Frank Sargeson and Doris Lessing (Joel Gwynne) 136

Postmodernist Postcolonialisms and Feminisms: A Passion

for Justice (Varghese Thekkevallyara) 147

Postcolonialisms, Globalization and Iconic Architecture (Leslie Sklair) 156

Radical Homelessness: David Malouf Writing in the “Blut” of Martin Heidegger (Grant Farred) 174

Global Victorians: Is Colonial Decadence to Blame for Postcolonial Deconstruction? (Clara A.B. Joseph) 191

About the Contributors 199

Index 203

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Choice; “This collection of essays is a thoughtful update on the place of postcolonial theory in recent times. If the counterhegemonic thrust of poco theory is still relevant today, this is true in a way that revises hypostatic terms like ‘self’ and ‘other,’ global ‘north’ and ‘south,’ ‘centres’ and ‘margins.’ The individual contributions to this volume, capped by a useful critical introduction, provoke thought towards a more disciplinarily-open and affectively-engaged theory, one that is alert to the shifting transnational flows and changing regional realities of our global era.”—Professor Robbie B. H. Goh, National University of Singapore.