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Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Robert J. C. Young

October 2020

ISBN: 9780198856832

200 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Since the 1960s, many people around the world have challenged the idea that western perspectives are the only ones that count. This book examines the history of that challenge, outlining the ideas behind it, and showing the ways in which the histories and the cultures of the world can be rethought in new, different and productive directions.

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Since the 1960s, many people around the world have challenged the idea that western perspectives are the only ones that count. This book examines the history of that challenge, outlining the ideas behind it, and showing the ways in which the histories and the cultures of the world can be rethought in new, different and productive directions.

  • Introduces postcolonialism in both its historical and contemporary manifestations
  • Analyses the political, social, and cultural realities of the colonial experience, and of decolonization
  • This new edition contains updated material on race, slavery, and gender in the postcolonial discussion
  • Draws on situations, experiences, and testimony taken from all over the world
  • Examines the key strategies that postcolonial thought has developed to engage with the impact of sometimes centuries of western political and cultural domination
  • Part of the Very Short Introduction - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Robert J. C. Young, New York University

Robert J. C. Young is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University. He writes in the fields of cultural and political history, literature, literary theory and philosophy, photography, psychoanalysis, and translation studies, with a particular focus on colonial history and postcolonial theory. His most recent book is an edition of uncollected and unpublished work by Frantz Fanon, Écrits sur l'aliénation et la liberté (Paris: La Découverte, 2016; English translation, Alienation and Freedom, London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

Table of Contents

    1:Subaltern knowledge
    2:History and power, from below and above
    3:Space and land
    4:Hybridity
    5:Postcolonial feminism
    6:Globalization from a postcolonial perspective
    7:Translation