Interdisciplinary Measures Literature and the Future of Postcolonial Studies

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-15
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
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Where now for postcolonial studies? That is the central question in this new volume from one of the field's most original thinkers. Not so long ago, the driving force behind postcolonial criticism was literary; increasingly, however, many have claimed that the future of postcolonial studies is interdisciplinary.Interdisciplinary Measuresthoroughly considers this alternative trajectory through the field of postcolonial studies by setting up a series of conversations among these newly postcolonial disciplinesnotably geography, environmental studies, history, and anthropologyand literary studies in which the imaginative possibilities of non-Western epistemologies are brought to the fore.

Author Biography

Graham Huggan is chair of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures in the School of English at the University of Leeds, and codirector of the Leeds Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.  He previously taught at Harvard University and is the author of numerous volumes, including The Postcolonial Exotic.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Literature, Geography, Environment
Decolonizing the Map: Postcolonialism, Poststructuralism and the Cartographic Connectionp. 21
Unsettled Settlers: Postcolonialism, Travelling Theory and the New Migrant Aestheticsp. 34
Postcolonial Geography, Travel Writing and the Myth of Wild Africap. 49
'Greening' Postcolonialism: Ecocritical Perspectivesp. 64
Literature, Culture, Anthropology
Anthropologists and Other Fraudsp. 93
African Literature and the Anthropological Exoticp. 106
(Post)Colonialism, Anthropology and the Magic of Mimesisp. 130
Maps, Dreams and the Presentation of Ethnographic Narrativep. 142
Literature, History, Memory
Philomela's Retold Story: Silence, Music and the Postcolonial Textp. 155
Ghost Stories, Bone Flutes, Cannibal Counter-memoryp. 166
Cultural Memory in Postcolonial Fiction: The Uses and Abuses of Ned Kellyp. 182
(Not) Reading Orientalismp. 196
Indexp. 210
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