Imagining the Postcolonial

Discipline, Poetics, Practice in Latin American and Francophone Discourse

By Jaime Hanneken

Subjects: Literary Criticism, Latin American Studies, French Studies, Spanish Studies, Postcolonial Studies
Paperback : 9781438456225, 220 pages, January 2016
Hardcover : 9781438456218, 220 pages, June 2015

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Table of contents

Introduction: Latin Americanism, Francophone Studies, and Identity Thinking
1. Double Articulation and Wishful Thinking
2. José Lezama Lima and the Gnosis of American Expression
3. Édouard Glissant’s Archipelic Thought and Second Nature
Excursus: Poetics and Place from Autochthony to Globality
4. Mikilistes and Modernistas in Paris: Consuming Modernity’s Capital
5. Minor Truths: Menchú and Ouologuem in the Multicultural Metropolis
Afterword: Commitment to the Negative
Works Cited

A comparative study of Latin American and francophone postcoloniality.


Imagining the Postcolonial is the first book dedicated to comparative analysis of Latin American and francophone postcolonial identity. Jaime Hanneken examines the disciplinary, theoretical, and political stakes involved in postcolonial identification in non-anglophone cultural spheres through readings of José Lezama Lima and Édouard Glissant's poetics of place, the symbolic value of Paris in modernista writing and in Congolese Sociétés des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégantes (sape) rituals, and the scandals surrounding Rigoberta Menchú and Yambo Ouologuem. Hanneken argues that reorienting comparative critique to the priority of the object of study can transform rather than replicate existing conceptual formats of postcoloniality.

Jaime Hanneken is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Minnesota.


"…[Hanneken's] theoretical argument has far-reaching implications. " — CHOICE