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Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction

Robert J. C. Young

Publication Date - September 2003

ISBN: 9780192801821

200 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

An accessible guide to the history, central debates, and major theorists of postcolonialism


Postcolonialism explores the political, social, and cultural effects of decolonization, continuing the anti-colonial challenge to western dominance. This lively and innovative account of both the history and key debates of postcolonialism discusses its importance as an historical condition, and as a means of changing the way we think about the world. Key concepts and issues are considered, with reference to particular cultural and historical examples, such as the status of aboriginal people, cultural nomadism, Western feminism, the innovative fiction of Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, and the postcolonial cities of London, Bombay and Cairo. The work of theorists such as Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, and Gayatri Spivak are woven into the discussion, making this fascinating subject relevant and accessible to a wider audience.

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  • Explores globalization, the Internet, mass media, and human rights activism
  • Cites the work of such theorists as Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, and Gayatri Spivak
  • Key areas considered include: the status of aboriginal people, the innovative fiction of Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, and the postcolonial cities of London, Bombay, and Cairo

About the Author(s)

Robert J. C. Young is Professor of English and Critical Theory at Oxford University and a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Recent publications include Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Culture, Theory and Race (Routledge, 1995), and Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2001). He is also General Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Routledge).

Table of Contents

    1. Postcolonial Theory
    2. Subaltern knowledge
    3. Cultural hybridity
    4. Postcolonial space
    5. Gender
    6. Conclusion