Postcolonial Studies

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Ecology on the Ground and in the Clouds

Follows Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland as they travel together in South America and then go their separate ways, in the process illustrating two very different ways of understanding humanity's place in the natural world.

Mayalogue

Offers a strong critique of traditional anthropological studies from an Indigenous and postcolonial perspective.

A Postcolonial Relationship

Offers an Asian immigrant perspective on US racial relations and explores the unique situations and challenges facing Asian immigrants in the United States.

When Does History Begin?

Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.

Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future

Analyzes socially engaged art practices worldwide, linking them to decolonial struggle and critique.

Saying Peace

Offers an immanent critique of Levinas’s core philosophical proposals by reference to his allegedly eurocentric statements.

Tales from Du Bois

Offers a new framework for understanding Du Bois's poetics and politics, including the concept of double consciousness, by tracing the trope of the cross-caste romance across his fiction.

The White Indians of Mexican Cinema

Examines the filmic representation of Whiteness as Indigeneity and its role in mediating racial politics in Mexico.

Post-Chineseness

Analyzes international and cultural relationships informed by "China," a category that is becoming ever more indispensable and yet unstable in everyday narratives.

The Truths and Lies of Nationalism as Narrated by Charvak

Edited by Partha Chatterjee
Notes by Partha Chatterjee
Subjects: Asian Studies

Rejects Hindu nationalism and pluralist secularism in favor of a revitalized politics of Indian federalism.

Accumulation and Subjectivity

Reconsiders key concepts in Marxist thought by examining the relationship between accumulation and subjectivity in Latin American narrative, film, and social and political theory.

Religion and Empire in Portuguese India

Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.

Sappho's Legacy

Examines women’s food cooperatives and local dining venues on the Greek island of Lesvos and how tourism, gender, and sexualities inform the creation of these alternative economies.

Toward an African Future—Of the Limit of World

Examines the thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, with attention to its potential for reorienting present-day critical theory and political philosophy.

Premises and Problems

Discusses world literature and cinema from the perspective of literary languages and film traditions that do not hold a hegemonic position.

Theosophy across Boundaries

Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts.

Beyond Gold and Diamonds

The first book to examine and establish characteristics of the British South African novel.

Teardrops of Time

Investigates how the Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong adapts Buddhist concepts of time to create a modern Asian aesthetic imaginary.

Édouard Glissant, Philosopher

By Alexandre Leupin
Translated by Andrew Brown
Subjects: Philosophy

Translation of Alexandre Leupin’s award-winning study of Édouard Glissant’s entire work in relation to philosophy.

Reconstructing the Civic

Explores the civic activism of the Palestinian minority in Israel for a better understanding of the relationship between civic activism and democratization in ethnic states.

Postcolonial Lack

Examines representations of surplus enjoyment in postcolonial literature and film to focus on self-other relations rather than difference.

Cosmopolitan Civility

Edited by Ruth Abbey
Subjects: Politics And Law

Essays reflecting on the prolific, pioneering, and wide-ranging scholarship of Fred Dallmayr.

Forms of Disappointment

Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.

Unsettling Colonialism

An interdisciplinary analysis of gender, race, empire, and colonialism in fin-de-siècle Spanish literature and culture across the global Hispanic world.

The Great Agrarian Conquest

Groundbreaking analysis of how colonialism created new conceptual categories and spatial forms that reshaped rural societies.

Subjects That Matter

Argues for postcoloniality as a model for philosophical practice.

Power, Political Economy, and Historical Landscapes of the Modern World

Reveals how the expanding world-system entangled the non-western world in global economies, yet did so in ways that were locally articulated, varied, and, often, non-European in their expression.

Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki

By Avram Alpert
Subjects: History

Explores how writers across five continents and four centuries have debated ideas about what it means to be an individual, and shows that the modern self is an ongoing project of global history.

Boundary Lines

Systematically addresses the philosophical implications of the postcolonial.

Speaking Face to Face

The first in-depth analysis of the radical feminist theory and coalitional praxis of scholar-activist María Lugones.

Beyond Bergson

Examines Bergson’s work from the perspectives of critical philosophy of race and decolonial theory, placing it in conversation with theorists from Africa, the African Diaspora, and Latin America.

Race and Rurality in the Global Economy

Essays that examine globalization's effects with an emphasis on the interplay of race and rurality as it occurs across diverse geographies and peoples.

The Trade in the Living

Macro-level study of the South Atlantic throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries demonstrating how Brazil’s emergence was built on the longest and most intense slave trade of the modern era.

A Turbulent South Africa

Highlights the continuing social unrest and public protest occurring in South Africa’s poorest districts.

After Katrina

Argues that post-Katrina New Orleans is a key site for exploring competing narratives of American decline and renewal at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Toward a Non-humanist Humanism

Assesses the limits and possibilities of humanism for engaging with issues of pressing political and cultural concern.

Malady and Genius

Analyzes the theme of self-sacrifice in Puerto Rican literature through psychoanalytic theory.

Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision.

Retrieving the Human

An interdisciplinary consideration of Paul Gilroy's contributions to cultural theory and understandings of modernity.

The Demise of the Inhuman

Employs a critical Afrocentric reading of Western constructions of knowledge so as to overcome the dehumanizing tendencies of modernity.

Uncoupling American Empire

A cultural studies consideration of marriage and those considered “deviant” in the nineteenth-century American imagination.

Indigenous Bodies

An interdisciplinary exploration of indigenous bodies.

The Better Story

Illuminates the emotional significance of stories in response to racial traumas related to the Middle East.

Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism

Describes how writer Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) used his experience of the West to reconcile modernization and Japanese identity.

Precarious Liberation

Examines the relationship of precarious employment to state policies on citizenship and social inclusion in the context of postapartheid South Africa.

Displaced at Home

Edited by Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh & Isis Nusair
Foreword by Lila Abu-Lughod
Subjects: Area Studies

Groundbreaking essays by Palestinian women scholars on the lives of Palestinians within the state of Israel.

Terror and Irish Modernism

Presents a new genealogy and synoptic overview of modern Irish fiction.

The Making of a Family Saga

By Jin Feng
Subjects: Education

Looks at China’s Ginling College, the women’s missionary institution of higher learning that developed a discourse of family, recasting the Chinese Confucian family ideal as a female and Christian one.

Toward Filipino Self-Determination

Examines the project of Filipino self-determination in the context of capitalist globalization.

Paradigm City

Materially grounded analysis of contemporary film, literature, and music in Hong Kong that resists the superficial stereotypes of the “global city. ”

Otherwise Occupied

Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.

The Erotics of Corruption

A provocative retelling of the story of political corruption in the modern period.

Race after Sartre

Examines Jean-Paul Sartre’s antiracist politics and his contributions to critical race theories, postcolonialism, and Africana existentialism.

Locating Race

Pinpoints the limits of many current globalization theories in challenging racial oppression, and argues instead for local and situated strategies for resisting racism and imperialism.

White Horizon

From explorers’ accounts to boys’ adventure fiction, how Arctic exploration served as a metaphor for nation-building and empire in nineteenth-century Britain.

Religion without Belief

Shows there is a strong religious impulse in postmodern literature and film.

From Kung Fu to Hip Hop

Explores the revolutionary potential of Bruce Lee and hip hop culture in the context of antiglobalization struggles and transnational capitalism.

Postcolonial Whiteness

Edited by Alfred J. Lopez
Subjects: Cultural Studies

Explores the undertheorized convergence of postcoloniality and whiteness.

Relocating Agency

A postmodernist metacritical look at theories of African literature.

White Women in Racialized Spaces

Explores the unique relationship between white women and racial Others in a wide variety of literary works.

Life After the Soviet Union

Examines the political, social, and economic issues confronted by each of the newly independent republics in the Transcaucasus and Central Asian regions.

Postcolonial, Queer

Uses postcolonial theory to critique the globalization of gay culture.

Colonialism and Cultural Identity

Explores diverse cultural identities, both theoretically and through concrete, specific interpretations of selected major texts from former British colonies.

Native American Postcolonial Psychology

This book shows that it is necessary to understand intergenerational trauma and internalized oppression in order to understand Native Americans today. It makes native American ways of conceptualizing the world available to readers.