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Postcolonialism 2010-2014

Mishra, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-0193-9736 (2015) Postcolonialism 2010-2014. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 50 (3). pp. 369-390.

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The idea of postcolonialism as signifying a break from the past, as the sign of the new, as a critical reappraisal in the context of imperialism and the rise of capital, and as a register of social and political assertiveness took shape as major geo-political changes were underway (the Iranian Revolution, the gradual decline of the Soviet Union, and so on). However, by 2006 when the word finally entered the OED, the citation and the definition embedded in it captured an important shift: “postcolonialism” as a proactive cultural logic aimed at the creation of an intentional object. The critical survey undertaken here suggests that the discourse of postcolonialism is now an intentional discourse with specific affects. These affects, as seen in the Anglophone bibliography on the subject of these past five years, may now be examined with reference to subjects and themes as varied as melancholia, shame, the horrors of poststructuralism, creolization, the vernacular, the cosmopolitan turn, the postcolonial “jew”, the subaltern challenge, global warming, world-literary systems, traumatized bodies, among others.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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