This innovative book provides an incisive critique of well-established positions in postcolonial theory and a dramatic expansion in the range of interpretative tools available. Peter Hallward gives substantial readings of four significant writers whose work invites, to varying degrees, a singular interpretation of postcolonialism: Edouard Glissant, Charles Johnson, Mohammed Dib, and Severo Sarduy. Using a singular interpretation of postcolonialism is central to the argument this book makes, and to understanding the postcolonial paradigm.
This innovative book provides an incisive critique of well-established positions in postcolonial theory and a dramatic expansion in the range of interpretative tools available.
Author: Peter Hallward
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Diagnosing Postcolonial Literature explores Deleuze's notion that literature is an enterprise of health, and that great authors consequently are diagnosticians of their culture, can be applied to postcolonial literature. This genuinely interdisciplinary work breaks new ground both for the study of postcolonial literature and applications of Deleuze and Guattari.
Indeed, since the publication of Absolutely Postcolonial: Writing Between the
Singular and Specific (2001), that work has been cited over 500 times. In
commencing this project (which originally held a chapter on Haiti and the Haitian-
Author: Don Johnston
Drawing on interdisciplinary postcolonial efforts, especially in the social sciences, to deterritorialize categories of identity, culture, and community, Modernism after Postcolonialism dispenses with outdated modernist and postcolonial paradigms to reveal how the anxious, inconclusive comparisons of transnational modernist poetics can call us to imagine new solidarities across bounded territories.
Chris Bongie, Friends and Enemies: The Scribal Politics of Post/Colonial
Literature (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2008) ... An influential critique of
Glissant's late work on which Bongie builds is Peter Hallward's Absolutely
Author: Mara de Gennaro
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Peter Hallward Absolutely Postcolonial : Writing Between the Singular and the
Specific Manchester : Manchester University Press 2001 ISBN 0 7190 6126 | pb
433pp £19 . 99 Absolutely Postcolonial by Peter Hallward attempts to move the ...
Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking takes as point of departure the insights of Antonio Benítez Rojo, Derek Walcott and Edouard Glissant on how to conceptualize the Caribbean as a space in which networks of islands are constitutive of a particular epistemology or way of thinking. This rich volume takes questions that have explored the Caribbean and expands them to a global, Anthropocenic framework. This anthology explores the archipelagic as both a specific and a generalizable geo-historical and cultural formation, occurring across various planetary spaces including: the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, the Caribbean basin, the Malay archipelago, Oceania, and the creole islands of the Indian Ocean. As an alternative geo-formal unit, archipelagoes can interrogate epistemologies, ways of reading and thinking, and methodologies informed implicitly or explicitly by more continental paradigms and perspectives. Keeping in mind the structuring tension between land and water, and between island and mainland relations, the archipelagic focuses on the types of relations that emerge, island to island, when island groups are seen not so much as sites of exploration, identity, sociopolitical formation, and economic and cultural circulation, but also, and rather, as models. The book includes 21 chapters, a series of poems and an Afterword from both senior and junior scholars in American Studies, Archaelogy, Biology, Cartography, Digital Mapping, Enviromental Studies, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, Politics, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, and Sociology who engage with Archipelago studies. Archipelagic Studies has become a framework with a robust intellectual genealogy.. The particular strength of this handbook is the diversity of fields and theoretical approaches in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences that the included essays engage with. There is an editor's introduction in which they meditate about the specific contributions of the archipelagic framework in interdisciplinary analyses of multi-focal and transnational socio-political and cultural context, and in which they establish a dialogue between archipelagic thinking and network theory, assemblages, systems theory, or the study of islands, oceans and constellations.
Absolutely Postcolonial: Writing between the Singular and the Specific.
Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. Hantel, Max. 2012. “Errant Notes
on a Caribbean Rhizome.” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge
Author: Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Category: Social Science
Writing a new page in the surprisingly long history of literary deceit, Impostors examines a series of literary hoaxes, deceptions that involved flagrant acts of cultural appropriation. This book looks at authors who posed as people they were not, in order to claim a different ethnic, class, or other identity. These writers were, in other words, literary usurpers and appropriators who trafficked in what Christopher L. Miller terms the “intercultural hoax.” In the United States, such hoaxes are familiar. Forrest Carter’s The Education of Little Tree and JT LeRoy’s Sarah are two infamous examples. Miller’s contribution is to study hoaxes beyond our borders, employing a comparative framework and bringing French and African identity hoaxes into dialogue with some of their better-known American counterparts. In France, multiculturalism is generally eschewed in favor of universalism, and there should thus be no identities (in the American sense) to steal. However, as Miller demonstrates, this too is a ruse: French universalism can only go so far and do so much. There is plenty of otherness to appropriate. This French and Francophone tradition of imposture has never received the study it deserves. Taking a novel approach to this understudied tradition, Impostors examines hoaxes in both countries, finding similar practices of deception and questions of harm.
I use the distinction between the specific and the singular deployed by Peter
Hallward in his Absolutely Postcolonial: Writing Between the Singular and the
Specific (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001). 214. Christopher L.
Author: Christopher L. Miller
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Postcolonial Theory and Psychoanalysis answers questions through a critical examination of the work of critics such as Fanon, Nandy, Bhabha, Deleuze and Guattari. It includes a consideration of key works by each critic, explores their broader reasons for using psychoanalysis in terms of their own theoretical projects as well as in relation to each other and discusses the problems that follow. Greedharry's book offers students and researchers alike a clear account of why psychoanalysis has been an important method for postcolonial scholarship as well as suggestions about how we might move forward from psychoanalytic readings of the colony.
Indeed the last book that I will consider here as an example of Deleuze and
Guattari ' s influence on the field , Peter Hallward ' s Absolutely Postcolonial , is
also , as the title suggests , firmly committed to the continuing viability of a
Author: Mrinalini Greedharry
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
postcolonial , a translation of Neil Lazarus ' s Cambridge Companion to
Postcolonial Literary Studies , as well as that of a ... and challenging contributions
to postcolonialism , such as Peter Hallward ' s Absolutely Postcolonial : Writing
Category: French literature
In the late 1990's, Postcolonial Studies risked imploding as a credible area of academic enquiry. Repeated anthologization and an overemphasis on the English-language literatures led to sustained critiques of the field and to an active search for alternative approaches to the globalized and transnational formations of the post-colonial world. In the early twenty-first century, however, postcolonial began to reveal a new openness to its comparative dimensions. French-language contributors to postcolonial debate (such as Edouard Glissant and Abdelkebir Khatibi) have recently risen to greater prominence in the English-speaking world, and there have also appeared an increasing number of important critical and theoretical texts on postcolonial issues, written by scholars working principally on French-language material. It is to such a context that this book responds. Acknowledging these shifts, this volume provides an essential tool for students and scholars outside French departments seeking a way into the study of Francophone colonial postcolonial debates. At the same time, it supplies scholars in French with a comprehensive overview of essential ideas and key intellectuals in this area.
Postcolonial Subjects : Francophone Women Writers ( Minneapolis , MN , and
London : University of Minnesota Press ) . ... Absolutely Postcolonial : Writing
Between the Singular and the Specific ( Manchester : Manchester University
Press ) .
Author: Charles Forsdick
Publisher: Postcolonialism Across the Dis
Category: Literary Criticism
This book demonstrates how both postcolonial France and the Maghreb cultural identity, and memory are structured in large part through a dialogue with colonial history that impedes a confrontation with contemporary issues important to the present and future of those geographical territories. Cultural Memory and Colonial Haunting between France and the Maghreb represents a comprehensive and cohesive collection of scholarly chapters owing to the breadth and depth of knowledge regarding not only colonial and postcolonial vestiges and on-going relations between France and the Maghreb, but rather all aspects of the Francophone world, as well as mainstream, French contemporary literary studies and theory and the New Europe. Furthermore, this work is an important and refreshing contribution to the field of postcolonial Francophone studies as they relate to contemporary French society and popular culture. Readers will be equally impressed by the cogency and perspicacity of the author's many insightful observations and arguments, which will be of great interest to both specialists of French and Francophone cultural and literary studies. by a top-notch researcher and communicator who knows how to adeptly get his point across both clearly and effectively. The author is equally adept at drawing upon and incorporating into his research a body of critical and theoretical works to make his arguments that much more convincing and well grounded. As this study shows, the author has an excellent grasp of the crucial, cultural, historical, socio-political and literary themes and issues confronting both French and Francophone studies with respect to postcolonial discourse affecting cultural memories of the colonizer/colonized in both space and time. To the author's credit, this study poses some crucial questions and offers some possible, new theoretical and practical avenues to explore or investigate with regard to the dialectic of the Other, such as how the colonized can come to grasp with and fully define his or her own individual identity through the distorted mirror or prism of the collective and necessarily painful colonial experience. the complexities and problematics, the historical and cultural underpinnings, associated with the notion of occulted memories and, more importantly, the evolutive process or mechanism of forging identities. Drawing from the work of historian Pierre Nora, the author convincingly shows how France and the Maghreb are haunted by past, present and future memories or complexes, by colonial lieux de memoire or sites of memory, which perpetuate a polemical, mythical discourse and dialectic owing principally to an obsessive memorialization of colonial history. Such identifications with the colonial ultimately represent an overly deterministic, distorted, nostalgic collective vantage point. The author draws upon Michel Foucault's theory of synchronic anchoring, among other theorists and writers, to make a very compelling argument to account both historically and culturally for these memory and identity distortions or shifts. Possibly one of the most important contributions this book makes is its lucid and illuminating discussion of the pervasive use of haunting as a theoretical metaphor. Bhabha, Ian Chambers, Anne McClintock, and Robert Young, Michael O'Riley points to how these theorists' work can be read as a haunting identification with French colonial history This unique interpretation of Anglophone postcolonial theory provides a highly original and important contribution to Francophone postcolonial studies, but it also demonstrates how theories of postcolonial intervention are frequently formulated through the idea of an affective, haunting colonial aura. O'Riley argues that the theoretical and cultural tropes of haunting so widely employed as a lens through which postcolonial culture identifies with colonial history create an impasse of postcolonial identification. Haunted by the images and memories of colonial history, postcolonial culture forges of the colonial experience a mythical and unique point of identification that precludes identification with contemporary issues of a postcolonial nature such as globalization. common to postcolonial theory is frequently vitiated by the haunting, singular, and quasi-mythical place that colonial history occupies within it. Michael O'Riley's identification of the role that French colonial history places within these dynamics of postcolonial theory is significant and will be of great interest to scholars of the postcolonial. O'Riley's analyses and conclusions stress the need and urgency, as suggested in the works of authors of Maghrebian descent, such as Tahar Ben Jelloun, Leila Sebbar, Assia Djebar, and Azouz Begag, to surpass or transgress this overly static and confining dialectic to create what the author calls the emergence of a nuanced form of postcolonial memory which would, correspondingly, lead to renewed, healthier or more constructive and dynamic perspectives and understandings between former colonizer and colonized. examines how postcolonial figures demonstrate in different ways the obstacles and potential solutions to the imprisonment that colonial sites of memory often present to contemporary relations within and between France and the Maghreb. In other words, even though the author acknowledges that the road is laden with obstacles and pitfalls associated with recalling the past and looking to the future on the part of both French and Maghrebians, he makes the point that these surrogate memories are yet only beginning to be (re)written and their entire significance and impact to be understood and appreciated.
Absolutely Postcolonial : Writing between the Singular and the Specific .
Manchester : Manchester UP , 2001 . Hardt , Michael and Antonio Negri . Empire
. Cambridge : Harvard UP , 1999 . Hargreaves , Alec . Post - Colonial Cultures in
Author: Michael F. O'Riley
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
... 2001 book Absolutely Postcolonial , a forceful critique is advanced on the
epistemological foundations of postcolonial theory ... He takes issue with the
tendency of what he calls “ singularization ” in postcolonial theory , which he
defines as a ...
Category: Civilization, Western
The book is the result of a collaboration of scholars from southern Africa and overseas, whose work emphasises hitherto overshadowed subjects of literature, exposing new and untried approaches to Zimbabwean writing. The contributors focus on pluralities, inclusiveness and the breaking of boundaries, and elucidate how literary texts are betraying multiple versions and opinions of Zimbabwe, arguing that only a multiplicity of opinions on Zimbabwe can do the complexity of the society and history justice.
In Absolutely Postcolonial , Peter Hallward defines the post - colonial absolute in
terms of a creative singularity : ' the postcolonial as subjective , singular and
nonrelational ' . And of this singularity , he writes : The singular creates the
Author: Rupert Muponde
Studies of the 'contemporary' British novel often turn out not to be very contemporary at all. All too often the discussion is dominated by the literature of the immediate post-war years. Phil Tew, in contrast, provides a genuinely fresh treatment of the theme by focusing on the work of authors who have made their reputation within the last two decades. In the process he brings so-called minority writers out of theoretical ghettos and, paying their work full respect, integrates them into a synthesis of literary trends and historical context. Designed with the student reader in mind, The Contemporary British Novel will become the first point of reference for a new generation of study. Discusses the work of, amongst others: Martin Amis, J. G. Ballard, A. S. Byatt, Jonathan Coe, Angela Carter, Jim Crace, John Fowles, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Kelman, A. L. Kennedy, Hanif Kureshi, Toby Litt, Ian McEwan, Caryl Phillips, Salman Rushdie, Iain Sinclair, Zadie Smith, Will Self and Jeanette Winterson.
Erickson , John ( 1998 ) Islam and Postcolonial Narrative , Cambridge and New
York : Cambridge University Press . ... Hallward , Peter ( 2001 ) Absolutely
Postcolonial : Writing Between the Singular and the Specific , Manchester and
Author: Philip Tew
Publisher: Burns & Oates
Category: Literary Criticism
Absolutely Postcolonial : Writing between the Singular and the Specific .
Manchester : Manchester UP , 2001 . Harrison , Nicholas . Postcolonial Criticism :
History , Theory and the Work of Fiction . Cambridge : Polity , 2003 . Hardy ,
The interviews collected in this book reflect the international character of Spivak's intellectual engagement with the ideas and the politics which are shaping our world.
The distinction between the concept of singularity in the context of postcolonial
studies and the concept of specificity was Peter Hallward ' s basis for his attempt
to formulate the subject and definition of postcolonial theory in his book
Author: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Publisher: Seagull Books London Limited
Category: African literature
Peter Hallward, Absolutely Postcolonial: Writing Between the Singular and the
Specific (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2001), 335. Hereafter
abbreviated as AP. Robert Young, “Editorial', Interventions 1:1 (1998), 4–8 (7).
Category: Art criticism
This special issue aims to introduce the English language reader to the more recent work of Jean Laplanche, and to those French psychoanalytic writers who position their arguments in some relation to it. The essays gathered together here continue the development of Laplanche's theory of primal seduction, and the work of resituating and relocating classical Freudian concepts and debates; including a meditation by Laplanche himself on the theory of sublimation. There is a reformulation of the problematic of parental primal scenes by Jacqueline Lanouziere, in relation to the mother-child couple and the experience of breast-feeding; a return to classical debates on female sexuality by Jacques Andre; a further elaboration by Dominique Scarfone of the primal situation of transmission, seduction and translation; and a return to the problematic of the primal fantasies in Freud from Guy Rosolato.
He is the author of Absolutely Postcolonial ( 2001 ) and Alain Badiou : A Subject
to Truth ( 2003 ) . Esther Leslie lectures at Birkbeck College , University of
London . Her publications include Walter Benjamin : Overpowering Conformism (
Author: John Fletcher
In his seminal work Absolutely Postcolonial ( 2001 ) , Peter Hallward promotes
the idea of the singular as an attribute of the nomadic novel . The singular is an
all - encompassing oneness that recognizes past colonial history , revolutionary ...
... like much syncretizing or re - indigenizing postcolonial theatre , “ prompts one
to encounter one's own cultural heritage ... and Peter Hallward , Absolutely
Postcolonial : Writing between the Singular and the Specific ( Manchester (
England ) ...