Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 January 2002

456 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719061264

Bookseller Code (06)


Absolutely postcolonial

Writing between the singular and the specific

Peter Hallward

Published by Manchester University Press

Angelaki Humanities MUP

We may yet find a precise use for the notoriously elusive category 'postcolonial', but only on the condition that we abandon its usual associations with plurality, fragmentation, particularity and resistance. This book argues that the category is best used to describe an ultimately singular configuration. A singularity is something that generates the medium of its own existence, in the eventual absence of external criteria and other existences. Like other singularities - pertinent comparisons include aspects of Buddhism and Islam, as well as concepts drawn from the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou - what is distinctive about a postcolonial discourse or literature is its abstraction from the domain of relationality. Here, Hallward offers a new conceptual distinction between singular and specific modes of differentiation, which should prove influential in a range of discourses.