9780226023496

Continental Drift: From National Characters to Virtual Subjects

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226023496

  • ISBN10:

    0226023494

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

From xenophobic appropriations of Joan of Arc to Afro-futurism and cyberpunk, the "national" characters of the colonial era often seem to be dissolving into postnational and virtual subjects. In Continental Drift, Emily Apter deftly analyzes the French colonial and postcolonial experience as a case study in the erosion of belief in national destiny and the emergence of technologically mediated citizenship. Among the many topics Apter explores are the fate of national literatures in an increasingly transnational literary climate; the volatile stakes of Albert Camus's life and reputation against the backdrop of Algerian civil strife; the use of literary and theatrical productions to "script" national character for the colonies; belly-dancing and aesthetic theory; and the impact of new media on colonial and postcolonial representation, from tourist photography to the videos of Digital Diaspora. Continental Drift advances debates not just in postcolonial studies, but also in gender, identity, and cultural studies; ethnography; psychoanalysis; and performance studies.

Author Biography

Emily Apter is professor of comparative literature and French at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

A gallery of illustrations follows page 20
Preface vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1(24)
Continental Theory on Different Continents
NATIONAL CHARACTERS
Uprooted Subjects
25(14)
Berres and the Politics of Patrimoine
Saints at Stake
39(22)
Joan of Arc as National Pathography
Out of Character
61(16)
Camus's French Algerian Subjects
Character Assassination
77(22)
Racial Pathologies, Colonial Crimes---Fanon, Mannoni, Lacan, Paulhan
METROPOLITAN MASQUERADES
Harem
99(14)
Scopic Regimes of Power/Phallic Law
Ethnographic Travesties
113(18)
Alibis of Gender and Nation in the Case of Elissa Rhais
Acting Out Orientalism
131(18)
Stereotype, Performativity, the Isabelle Eberhardt Effect
Cleopatra's Nose
149(18)
Characterology and the Modern Subject in Belle Epoque Paris
VIRTUAL COLONIES
The Dance of Colonial Seduction
167(12)
Flaubert and the Line of Desire
The Landscape of Photogeny
179(16)
``Morocco'' in Black and White
Impotent Epic
195(18)
The Crisis of Literary Tourism in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Postcolonial Cyberpunk
213(12)
Dirty Nationalism in the Era of Terminal Identities
Nomadologies of Tomorrow
225(14)
The Deleuzean Worldscape
Notes 239(38)
Index 277

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